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Vol. XXIV. 

JULY, 1907. 

No. 7. 



THE telegraph is now a little over 
sixty years old and it can be truly 
said that it is the most important 
link in the affairs of nations and the busi- 
ness world. 

The first message ever sent by telegraph 
was the now famous one, "What hath God 
wrought?" which was sent over an experi- 
mental line built for the purpose of testing 
the telegraph between Washington, D. C, 
and Baltimore, Md., which was built in 
May, 1844, under the direction of Professor 
S. F. B. Morse and Alfred Vail. The first 
message was sent by Miss Ellsworth, daugh- 
ter of the then United States Commissioner 
of Patents. 

At that time die national Democratic 
convention was in session in Baltimore, and 
when James K. Polk was nominated for 
President by that convention this fact was 
telegraphed to Washington, and the fact 
that a means had been discovered whereby 

instant communication could be had at a 
considerable distance, created a great sen- 
sation, and did much to make ffiends to 
the theory that it could be made a useful 
means of communication. 

When it is taken into consideration that 
the bill appropriating $30,000 to build this 
experimental line was passed by Congress 
by a bare majority of eight, it can be sur- 
mised that the national legislators were not 
strongly imbued with the idea of its prac- 
ticability and the difficulties under which 
Professor Morse was laboring can be better 

The line built by the government appro- 
priation was placed under the direction of 
the Postmaster General, and was operated 
by him for four years. The patents held by 
Morse and Vail were offered to the na- 
tional government for $100,000, but the idea 
of paying such a sum of money for what 
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^ meet favor with that body and, conse- 
quently, the patents remained the property 
of Morse and Vail. 

Later, they were acquired by private cor- 
porations, and between 1868 and 1876 Con- 
gress thought better of the idea and voted 
an annual subsidy of $40,000 for ten years 
to one private telegrai^ concern in the 
West, or a total of $400,000, or four times 
as much as the patents could have been 
purchased for in the beginning. 

In the early days of the telegraph all re- 
ceiving was done on a "regtister," and it is 
claimed that it was then the rule to fine 
telegraphers who were found reading mes- 
sages by "sound," as that method was very 
much feared. 

The evolution of the telegraph during its 
sixty years of use has been phenomenal. 
The little experimental line between Wash- 
ington and Baltimore, a distance of about 
forty miles, has been superseded by a net- 
work of telegraph lines and cables that 
circle the globe; the destiny of nations are 
controlled by its use; in war times the 
teleg^raph is a most important factor in mov- 
ing armies and battleships; in the business 
world the telegraph is indispensable; it is 
the intermediary by which great financial 
transactions are made ; by it, also, the citi- 
zens of the nations of the earth are enabled 
to readily communicate with each other; 
relatives in a far-distant land can be ap- 
prised of the sickness or death of a rela- 
tive; it furnishes a means for instant com- 
munication between governments, whereby 
knotty problems of state are often settled, 
and has thereby been the means of averting 
many a bloody conflict. 

By it the movement of trains throughout 
the land are directed, and the safety of the 
millions of people who annually use the 
railroads as a means of transportation is 
made possible. 

By means of the telegraph the great daily 
newspapers are able to furnish their readers 
with the latest news from all parts of the 

The old "register" has given way to the 
more improved method of receiving by 
"sound." Heavy copper wires have been 
substituted for the old iron ones. Instead 
of "relaying" messages every 200 or 300 

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miles, the "repeater" has been installed, 
which makes it possible to work direct 
with an oflice 2.0D0 or 3,000 miles 
distant. The old clumsy key has given 
place to the more improved one especially 
adapted for attaining greater speed in send- 
ing; the old crow- foot batteries have been 
superseded in large ofiices by the more im- 
proved and efficient dynamos. 

The single wire service between import- 
ant points has been replaced by the duplex 
and quad service, whereby many times the 
amount of business can be handled on a 

While this great evolution has been taking 
place in the telegraph from a mechanical 
standpoint, there have also been many 
. changes in the manner of handling the 
business. The telegrapher of today has at- 
tained a greater degree of proficiency in his 
profession, and is capable of handling much 
more business than was formerly handled; 
on newspaper and other heavy circuits the 
code or system of abbreviation is in general 
use, which makes it possible to handle a 
much grreater volume of business. The type- 
writer has been put into general use in all 
larg^ offices, and the pen has been consigned 
to oblivion. 

When the real importance of the tele- 
graph to the business of the world is ap- 
preciated, the responsibility and importance 
of the telegrapher can be better understood. 

The millions of dollars invested by the 
various telegraph companies in poles, wires, 
the latest improved equipments, etc., would 
be of no use were it not for the telegrapher 
who operates and injects life into these 
great systems. 

Although the telegrapher of today has at- 
tained a much greater degree of efficiency 
in his profession than that possessed by 
telegraphers of thirty or forty years ago, 
the evolution in his case has been toward 
poorer pay, and more onerous working con- 

The railroad telegrapher, on whom de- 
volves the responsibility of protecting the 
lives of the traveling public, and many other 
duties too numerous to mention, have been 
required to work longer hours, a greater 
number of days per month for less pay than 

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those engaged in the profession before the 
evolution in the telegraph took place. 

The commercial telegrapher, that hard- 
working public servant, although an em- 
ploye of a corporation, nevertheless a pub- 
lic servant indispensable to the business 
world, has also been a victim of the evolu- 
tion of the telegraph instead of a benefactor 
of it as he should have been. 

But. as the old saying goes, time works 
wonderful changes. The railroad teleg- 
rapher of today through the efforts of the 
Order of Railroad Telegraphers is enjoying 
greatly improved conditions, as compared 
with those of five years ago; through per- 
sistent and aggressive representation, the 
remuneration of the railroad telegraphers 
in every section of the United States and 
Canada have been materially increased, and 
their hours of service reduced. Opposition 
has occasionally been encountered in this 
movement for better conditions, but all ob- 
stacles have been overcome, and the silver 
lining behind the dark cloud that over- 
shadowed the profession a few years ago is 
now plainly discernible, and the $75-00 
minimum and an eight-hour work-day for 
railroad telegraphers is near at hand. 

The commercial telegraphers, through 
their organization, the Commercial Teleg- 
raphers' Union of America, has made its 
first step towards a general betterment of 
the conditions of the commercial teleg- 
raphers, which movement gives every prom- 
ise of being successful, and the $75.00 min- 
imum and eight-hour work-day in the com- 
mercial telegraph service will, no doubt, 
also soon be a reality. 

The organized telegraphers of the coun- 
try have it within their power to secure 
every reasonable concession they may ask 


THE Commercial Telegraphers' Uniorv 
of America has made rapid strides 
toward thorough organization in 
the ranks of the commercial telegraphers 
during the last few months, and it has dur- 
ing that period practically completed organ- 
ization in all the large oflices of both the 
Western Union and Postal Telegraph Com- 

panies, and recently the first step looking 
towards the improvement of the conditions 
of those engaged in that calling was made 
when schedules were prepared and presented 
to the officers of those two great concerns. 
The management of the Western Union re- 
fused to treat with its organized employes 
° as such, and finally, as a last resort, in an 
effort to adjust the matter amicaUy, Presi- 
dent Small addressed a communication to 
the Board of Directors of the Western 
Union, in which he set forth the conditions 
now prevailing in the telegraph service of 
that company at considerable length, and 
concluded by enumerating the concessions 
that had been asked for from the manage- 
ment of the company. 

The communication was as follows: 
"New York, June 3, 1907. 
Board of Directors Western Union Tele- 
graph Company, Thomas T. Eckert, Chair- 

Gentlemen. — For many years the teleg- 
raphers witnessed the continued regression 
of their craft. They saw their expenses in- 
crease and the purchasing power of their 
wages decrease, while the wages and con- 
ditions of workmen in other spheres of em- 
ployment were improving. Telegraphers' 
rate of pay wis continually gravitating to- 
ward a lower level. W:iges of our associates 
outside of the main departments also suf- 
fered a reduction, and at the same time their 
hours of employment lengthened. 

In many places the operating rooms were 
overcrowded and badly ventilated and the 
necessary relief conveniences delayed. 

Juniors, lacking sufficient education and 
wire experience, were assigned to first-class 
circuits at a compensation lower than that 
paid to men who carried the burden of fam- 
ily repsonsibilities. The senior telegrapher 
always suffered from the competition of the 
junior, whose labor was for the most part 

Nine to twelve hours of service was re- 
quired from a telegrapher anxious to work 
during the hours of daylight, and it appeared 
to be the policy of the company to profit 
through the desire of the men to work the 
day tricks. 

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The tyranny of the under officials had to 
be endured. Complaint to the official in 
charge of a district brought no redress, and 
petitions for improvements were especially 
frowned upon. The telegrapher or teleg- 
raphers whose names appeared at the head 
of a memorial too often suffered dismissal. 
Indeed, the trend of the time seemed 
not for betterment but to the detri- 
ment of our craftsmen. The harsh con- 
ditions then prevailing— conditions prac- 
tically pevailing at this time— evoked a 
spirit of unrest. In the telegraph offices of 
the country operators had virtually lost their 
individuality and independence. Realizing 
by experience that individual effort was 
powerless to improve the existing order of 
things, and that the future offered nothing 
in the way of advancement to encourage 
them, conferences of telegraphers were ar- 
ranged and held in different cities. The 
general situation was reviewed, and as a 
result of their deliberations the Commercial 
Telegraphers' Union of America was or- 
ganized to advance, protect and maintain 
the interests of all engaged in the occupation 
of telegraphy. 

As foreseen at the time of the inception of 
the organization, many would suffer be- 
cause of the views entertained by the officials 
of your company antagonistic to unionism. 
Telegraphers sympathizing with the pur- 
poses of the movement, and others actually 
members of this organization, from time to 
time lost their positions. The officials of 
your company apparently adopted the view 
that our organization, which seeks to im- 
prove the conditions and morale of the fra- 
ternity by encouraging them in diligence, 
skill and proficiency, was moving along lines 
which they interpreted as hostile to the in- 
terests of your company and, therefore, in- 
defensible. Dismissal of our brethren by 
your officials, the continuation of the "split 
trick" and the "sliding scale" — methods 
which work automatically for the lengthen- 
ing of hours and reduction of wages — 
brought recruits to our organization in great 
numbers, and now, after five years of active 
organization work, the Commercial Teleg- 

raphers' Union of America, in personnel 
and numerical strength, in comparison with 
the number employed, is equal to any organ- 
ization extant. 

We are organized to maintain freedom, 
liberty and independence, and the teleg- 
rapher is benefiting as the result of this asso- 
ciation with his fellow workmen. 

We believe that the history of progress 
is written in the true development of the 
people, and that the development of an in- 
dustry depends on the opportunities for ad- 
vancement the occupation affords. Limit 
opportunity by curtailing incentive to ambi- 
tion and the inevitable result is a decline in 
the growth and power of ^hat industry. 

Capable intellects and efficient workmen 
vying with each other for the prosperity of 
the interest affected, through harmony and 
accord, will assure the success of all con- 
cerned. Therefore, we have decided to sub- 
mit for your due and kind consideration a 
number of statements and grievances from 
our brethren which, when properly consid- 
ered, we believe will be immediately rem- 

The following is a copy of the complaint 
filed with Mr. T. A. McCammon, chief 
operator of the Western Union Telegraph 
Company, 195 Broadway, New York, May 
23, 1907: 

"Sir. — We, the undersigned, respectfully 
call your attention to the following and re- 
quest an immediate adjustment. 

During the past few weeks there has been 
much complaint by employes of the operat- 
ing department because of the general dis- 
position displayed by a number of men in 
authority, particularly Messrs. Brennan and 
McAllister to harass and intimidate oper- 
ators. This practice has become so general 
and flagrant and its effects so disconcerting 
as to seriously interfere with the peace of 
mind that should prevail among employes 
in order to enable them to render the most 
efficient service. These conditions con- 
tribute in a large measure to the defeat of 
the end aimed at by the recent letter of 
President Clowry, relating to the malicious 
delay in the transmission of business. 

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We would cite the following specific cases 
in substantiation of this complaint: 

Mr. John T. Fitzgerald was for seventeen 
years a feiithful and efficient employe. On 
April 17th he omitted the name and address 
on a special, an error which naturally 
would have been discovered by the receiv- 
ing operator and slip returned to Mr. Fitz- 
gerald, who would have immediately cor- 
rected the omission, thereby cauang but 
little delay and no loss to the company. He 
was discharged. 

Mr. R. E. Follette was suspended on the 
charge of leaving his wire without permis- 
sion. Mr. John Hurd, division traffic chief, 
duly authorized to grant short reliefs, gave 
standing instructions to Mr. Follette "to go 
on short relief whenever he got clear before 
10 a. m." In view of these instructions and 
the fact that he was clear prior to that time, 
we deem the charge insufficient to warrant 
Mr. Follette's dismissal. 

Miss Sadie Krochmal, who had com- 
plained of the poor light by which she was 
working and the possibility of error and 
consequent damage to the company's busi- 
ness, was, upon striking two wrong letters, 
as a result of this poor light, called to the 
desk, informed that: "We are going to 
keep after you people hereafter," and sum- 
mariiy dismissed. 

Miss Sophie Annaker, on the evening of 
April 9th, reported to Mr. C. H. Lawrence, 
duly authorized to act, that she was sick and 
was by him excused from duty. On report- 
ing for work April nth she was sent to Mr. 
Brennan's desk and while there overheard 
Mr. E. T. Burrell say to Mr. Brennan : "She 
is one of the girls on the union list." She 
was dismissed from the service. 

Miss MoUie Pearl was arbitrarily taken 
from her regularly assigned position on Bos- 
ton bonus, where the messages were short 
and where she was able to earn on an av- 
erage $28 per week, a remuneration com- 
mensurate with her ability, and placed on 
St. Louis, where the messages are almost 
exclusively long and where she is idle much 
of the time, this in effect reducing her salary 
approximately $12 per week or to $16.50 
per week. 

Some time ago Miss Pearl was requested 
by Mr. McAllister to report at 8 :30 instead 
of 9 a. m. She declined on the ground that 
she lived so far away that this would work 
a hardship on her. Her reason being good, 
she was continued on her 9 o'clock assign- 

On April 12th Mr. McAllister peremp- 
torily and without cause ordered Miss Pearl 
to report at 8:15 a. m. This is a particularly 
flagrant case of discrimination. 

The circumstances in Miss Ruth Worth- 
ington's case, in so far as her transfer is 
concerned, are almost identical with those of 
Miss Pearl. 

The persecution of employes has not been 
confined to discriminations but has taken the 
form of attempts to coerce certain employes 
into committing dishonorable acts, a case in 
point being an effort on the part of Mr. 
Brennan to induce a certain employe to at- 
tend the monster mass meeting of the Com- 
mercial Telegraphers' Union of America, 
which was held April 14th, at Tammany 
Hall, and report to him the names of all 
Western Union chiefs attending said meet- 

Another evidence of unjust treatment is 
the fact that a man occupying a position of 
authority under your jurisdiction was over- 
heard to remark during the course of a con- 
versation on the street a few days since, 
that it had been necessary for him to send 
back to the main office certain men who had 
been assigned to outside duty because of the 
fact that they were wearing the insignia of 
the Commercial Telegraphers' Union. 

In the light of the above. facts, it would 
appear that these discriminations are 
founded upon petty and trivial offenses, 
which are, in fact, of little or no import, 
but are brought forward as a subterfuge be- 
hind which the real purpose is concealed. 

This unjust and unwarranted action is a 
dangerous practice, jeopardizing as it does 
our means of support by making our tenure 
of employment unstable and subject to the 
whims of sub-chiefs. 

We are instructed by our fellow-workers, 
whom we represent, to request that you re- 
instate to their former positions the several 
persons named in the foregoing and grant 
them full compensation for time lost; and. 

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The Railroad Telegrapher. 

further, that Messrs. Brennan and McAllis- 
ter be allowed to read this communication, 
and that they be cautioned against further 
offensive conduct. 
We await your early reply. 

Leo Heller, 
Miss M. E. Pearl, 
s. j. cullinan, 
George Bruhns, 
Miss M. C. Smith, 

The following was presented personally 
to O3I. Clowry by the Oiairman of the 
Committee, May 3, 1907: 

Robert C. Clowry, President and General 
Manager, Western Union Telegraph Com- 
pany, New York : 

Dear Sir — We regret the necessity of 
bringing to your attention the enclosed 
communication, the original of which was 
delivered to Mr. T. A. McCammon, Chief 
Operator in the Main office, New York 

Mr. McCammon's reply was ambiguous 
and unsatisfactory, and held out no hope of 
relief from the evils complained of. 

We feel that we are justified in appealing 
our complaints to the higher authorities of 
the company, and that you should be ac- 
quainted with the unjust conditions under 
which we are working. 

In addition to the grievances embodied in 
the enclosed petition, we would respect- 
fully call your attention to further irreg^i- 
larities — matters which we think should be 
brought directly to your notice. 

On March i, 1907, you announced an in- 
crease of 10 per cent in salaries to the com- 
pany's telegraphers. In this announcement 
you called attention to the increased cost of 
all material necessary to the company's 
maintenance. We took the mention of these 
facts to be also a recognition on your part 
of the increased cost of the necessities of 
the telegraphers' existence, and that the 
salary increase was for the purpose of meet- 
ing this increased cost of living. We find 
that your instructions are being evaded. 

It is the general belief of the telegraphers 
in your employ, as well as of the public at 
large, that the increased cost of operation 
was more than offset by an increase in toils 

to the public for the transmission of tele- 
graphic despatches. 

You can, of course, readily understand 
that while we are suffering from the in- 
creased cost of living, coupled with the de- 
creased salaries on the one hand, the com- 
pany is profiting enormously by the per- 
manently increased revenue on the other. 

In proof of our contention we submit the 
following instances : 

Miss May O'Brien was employed on 
April 12, 1907, at $7.00 per week, the scale 
of salary apportioned to this class of teleg- 
rapher prior to March ist. Under the re- 
vised scale her rating should be $7.70. 

Miss Frances Schumacher was employed 
on April 22d, at $7.00 per week. The new 
scale should rate her at $7.70 per week. 

We would also call your attention to the 
following particular case of reduction of 
salary brought about by the disregard of 
your instructions: 

Mr. W. C. Rieb received a 10 per cent 
increase, advancing his salary from $70.00 
to $77.00 per month in the Boston office. 
Upon transferring to the New York office 
he was rated at $17.00 per week, the scale 
in effect prior to March ist. 

Messrs. E. F. Murphy, E. L. Cooper and 
W. G. Edwards have within the past week 
resigned from the service because of their 
dissatisfaction at not having received the 

Mr. J. J. McCoy has been in the service 
for nine years. He was rated at $18.00 per 
week prior to March i, 1907, and has not 
received the ten per cent increase. 

Mr. Carl Congdon benefited by the ten 
per cent increase, having been increased 
from $75.00 to $82.50 per month in your 
Chicago office. He was employed in your 
New York office on March 29th, and his 
salary rating fixed at $19.00 per week in- 
stead of $19.80. Other instances could be 

We view with alarm this decrease in our 
salaries to their former and lower basis, 
while the prices of all our living expenses 
are being constantly increased. If this prac- 
tice is continued, it is but a question of time 
when we will have been reduced to our for- 
mer ratings. 

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The Railroad Telegrapher. 


In view of the growing dissatisfaction 
due to this tendency toward a lower wage 
level, we deem it expedient to bring these 
matters to your attention, and to urge that 
the standard based upon the ten per cent 
increase be adhered to. 

We request your most careful considera- 
tion and an early reply. 

Leo Hellfr, 
Miss M. E. Pearl, 
s. j. cullinan, 
, George J. Bruhns, 
Miss M. C. Smith, 



In addition to the specific cases of dis- 
crimination against employes, and evidence 
showing that the wages of telegraphers are 
being reduced through the operation of the 
"sliding scale," embodied in the above com- 
plaints, the following is submitted for your 

The following is a copy of a letter writ- 
ten by a Western Union official in New 
York to a telegrapher applying for rein- 
statement : 

"Replying to your letter, if you bring 
affidavit that you are not now a member of 
any telegraph labor organization, and that 
you will not join one in future, I will en- 
deavor to secure your reinstatement here." 

The name of the person to whom this let- 
ter was addressed is withheld for his pro- 
tection, but will be furnished if requested. 

Mrs. Camille Powers was told by T. 
Brennan, chief clerk. Western Union Tele- 
graph Company at 195 Broadway, that she 
was a union agitator and dismissed. 

Leo Heller was told by T. Brennan : "I 
had to break up the union in 1883 and I 
will do it again," and was dismissed. 

P. J. Connors, chief operator at Roch- 
ester, N. Y., was given twenty-four hours 
to withdraw from the union. While con- 
sidering this ultimatum, and before the ex- 
piration of the twenty-four hours, he was 

At Louisville, Ky., Telegrapher R. C 
Rogers was discharged in April. He sought 
a reason. Manager Charles Smith ad- 
mitted that Mr. Rogers was blameless, but 
said that be could not reinstate Rogers 

until the papers in the case, which had been 
forwarded to Superintendent Terhune, at 
Nashville, had been returned. Two days 
later Manager Smith informed Mr. Rogers 
that he (Rogers) had ruined his chances for 
reinstatement by placing his case in the 
hands of the union. Mr. Rogers has not 
been reinstated. 

At Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Manager 
H. G. Robinson summarily discharged 
Telegrapher Charles Francis because of his 
membership in this union. 


R. E. Follette, who was discharged by 
the Western Union Telegraph Company, at 
19s Broadway, New York, makes the fol- 
lowing statement: 

"I called up the Long Island Railroad on 
the telephone on May 23d regarding a posi- 
tion. I was informed that a night position, 
from 10 p. m. to 8 a. m., was vacant, and I 
was requested to call in person the next 
morning (Friday). This I did. Mr. 
Lewis, the Long Island chief operator, in- 
formed me that he had been notified by T. 
Brennan that I was an agitator. I assured 
Mr. Lewis that the report was untrue and 
I could furnish a first-class reference. He 
replied that I would have to get a 'clear-'' 
ance' from Mr. Brennan before he could 
give me employment." 

W. W. Christen, formerly employed by 
the Western Union at Nashville, Tenn., and 
who protested and finally declined to accept 
temporary employment with another com- 
pany (The Associated Press) at the direc- 
tion of Western Union officials, resigned 
from th^ Western Union in Nashville re- 
cently. Chief Operator Brown, of that 
office, informed Mr. Christen that his 
record was clear. Prior to leaving Nash- 
ville Mr. Christen wrote a letter to Chief 
Operator McCammon, New York City, 
from Nashville, applying for a position. 

On May 20th, Mr. Christen applied per- 
sonally to Mr. McCammon and saw lying 
on his desk his own letter with one from J. 
R. Terhune, Superintendent of the Western 
Union at Nashville, saying: "Do not em- 
ploy Operator W. W. Christen." 

Mr. Christen asked Mr. McCammon: 
"What does this mean?" 

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Mr. McCammon evaded the question, 
folded up the Terhune letter, and put it 


At Nashville and Louisville the salaries 
of wire chiefs were reduced from $88.00 to 
$77.00 per month on the ground that "winter 
is over and there are but few wire inter- 
ruptions." These men received first-class 
salaries as telegraphers for a number of 
years prior to promotion to the positions of 
wire chiefs. The $77.00 rating is lower 
than that received prior to their promotion. 

One of these men, R. P. Cowardin, re- 
ceived a first-class salary as telegrapher for 
nine years, prior to being promoted to the 
position of wire chief. His salary was $80.00 
per month prior to March ist. The 10 per 
cent increase made his salary $88.00 per 
month. On April 29th, Chief Operator N. 
S. Brown notified Mr. Cowardin that he 
would work at the table thereafter and his 
salary would be $82.50. A few days later 
Manager A. H. Stewart, of the Nashville 
office, notified Mr. Cowardin that, on ac- 
count of there being no $82.50 vacancies, 
he would have to place him and former 
chief E. C Harris on the operating force 
at $77.00 per month, a second-class salary. 
This is a reduction of $11.00 per month. 
These men have been in the service of the 
Western Union at Nashville for more than 
ten years. 

At Fort Worth, Texas, Wilbur Jackson 
was discharged for declining to work a 
wire rated at $77.00 per month for a $66.00 
salary. Two telegraphers rated at $60.00 
per month were increased to $70.00 per 
month and put to work on the Dallas wire 
— a wire that formerly paid $77.00 per 
month. This is a reduction of $7.00 per 
month on two positions. 

The manager's salary at Mount Vernon, 
N. Y., was increased 10 per cent on March 
I, 1907. On May ist the manager was 
called to the superintendent's office, and on 
the plea of increased expenses and de- 
creased revenues, was informed that his 
salary would be reduced $25 per month, be- 
ginning June 1st. 

A comparative statement of receipts for 
~ *>ruary, March and April with the three 

previous months shows an increase of over 

The manager at Darlington, S. C, had 
for two years prior to March ist received 
a salary of $60.00 per month. His voucher 
for the month of March, including the 10 
per cent increase ($66.00), was returned 
to him by his superintendent with the state- 
ment that Darlington was a "commission 
office" and requesting a refund of $6.00. 
The letter also contained the notification 
that, commencing May ist, the salary 
would be $50.00 per month, until otherwise 

This is a reduction of $10.00 per month 
on the salary rating prior to March ist, and 
$16.00 per month on that which should pre- 
vail, with the 10 per cent increase an- 
nounced, in effect. 


In view of the general unrest among the 
telegraphers in the employ of the Western 
Union Telegraph Company throughout the 
country because of the bad faith displayed 
in connection with the payment of the 10 
per cent advance in wages announced to 
take effect March 1, 1907, and for the rea- 
sons stated in the preamble of this bill of 
grievances, I am moved to suggest that the 
following concessions be granted to em- 
ployes of the operating department of the 
Western Union Telegraph Company, to- 

That the following-named persons be re- 
instated to their former positions at the sal- 
ary rating in effect at the time of dismissal 
or transfer to positions of a lower rating: 


Raymond E. Follette, New York; Camille 
Powers, New York; Leo Heller, New 
York; John T. Fitzgerald, New York; Sadie 
Krochmal, New York ; Sophie Annaker, New 
York; Ellis Heller, New York; Elvin Lutz, 
New York; L. R. Aikens, New York; 
Harry M. Hansen, New York; Margaret 
Blanks, New York; Wilbur Jackson, Fort 
Worth, Texas; R. C. Rogers, Louisville, 
Ky.; Charles Francis, Oklahoma City, 
Okla. ; P. J. Connors, Rochester, N. Y. 

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R. P. Cowardin, Nashville, Tenn.; E. C. 
Harris, Nashville, Tenn.; S. P. Stevenson, 
Mount Vernon, N. Y. ; B. W. Spencer, Dar- 
lington, S. C. 

In addition to the above-mentioned cases, 
we request that any other specific instances 
of telegraphers being dismissed or reduced 
in salary which may hereafter be shown 
were brought about because of union affilia- 
tions also be restored to their former posi- 
tions and salary ratings. 


That all objections on the part of the 
Western Union Telegraph Company against 
its telegraphers affiliating themselves with 
the Commercial Telegraphers' Union of 
America be removed, and that discrimina- 
tions because of such affiliations be discon- 


That a fixed standard of wages, based on 
th« 10 per cent increase announced to take 
effect March I, 1907, be established. 


That uniform hours for the several tricks 
in offices where three or more telegraphers 
are employed, be adopted as follows : 

Eight hours to constitute a day on day 

Seven and one-half hours to constitute a 
day on night tricks. 

Seven hours to constitute a day on split 
and late night tricks. 

Seven hours to constitute a day for teleg- 
raphers working extra. 

No trick shall be divided into more than 
two parts. 

The terms "day," "night" and 'late 
night" tricks to be construed as meaning 
the periods between 8:00 a. m. and 5:30 p. 
m. ; 5 :30 p. m. and 8 a. m., and 12 midnight 
and 8:00 a. m., respectively, provided that 
early night tricks shall not begin later than 
7 :oo p. m. 

That no telegrapher be compelled to work 
more than four and one-half consecutive 
hours without being allowed thirty minutes 
for lunch. 


That a reasonable time for necessary re- 
liefs be allowed. 

Where extra service is required and ex- 
tra telegraphers are available for such 
service, that they be given preference over 
telegraphers regularly employed on day, 
night or split tricks, and that both regular 
and extra telegraphers employed by the 
Western Union Telegraph Company be 
given the preference over telegraphers em- 
ployed by other firms or corporations. 

That no' telegrapher employed by the 
Western Union Telegraph Company be 
compelled to accept an assignment with any 
person, firm or corporation other than at 
his regular place of employment, unless 
such telegrapher be paid the full amount 
collected by the company for such services, 
and the compensation therefor be not under 
his regular rating. 


In all departments of the Western Union 
Telegraph Company, mechanical devices 
such as typewriters, automatic printer 
punching machines, etc., are furnished by 
the company, and are considered a neces- 
sary part of the company's equipment, ex- 
cept in the operating department, where 
telegraphers are compelled to furnish type- 
writers at their own expense. 

This is a financial burden to the teleg- 
raphers. It is a burden which the com- 
pany should not impose on them. 

For instance, on a quadruplex, working 
three shifts of two men each, each of the 
six telegraphers is required to furnish a 
typewriter. Were the company to furnish 
the machine, one typewriter would be suffi- 
cient, and involve an expense to the com- 
pany of less than one-sixth of what each 
telegrapher is now compelled to bear. 

We request therefore that the company 
furnish the typewriters. 

The telegraphers of this country have 

been constant sufferers from the operation 

of the "sliding scale." 
If the men who direct the policy of the 

company toward its employes are not aC' 

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tuated by humanitarian instincts, and a de- 
sire to deal fairly with those under their 
charge and protection, it will be impossible 
for the telegraphers to protect themselves 
against this pernicious practice, except 
through organization. 

To illustrate the workings of the "sliding 
scale," as practiced for many years past, we 
give the following illustration, taking an 
actual case, of which we have record: 

John Doe entered the Western Union 
Telegraph Company's service in the clerical 
department at Milwaukee in 1895, at $10.00 
per month. 

In 1897 he was assigned to duty as man- 
ager and operator of a branch office in the 
Hotel Pfister at a salary of $25.00 per 

Two years later he was assigned to a 
$60.00 position at the grocery district branch 
office at $35.00 per month. 

In 1899 he was relieved, and his succes- 
sor's salary was made $20.00 per month. 

John Doe then went to Chicago, and se- 
cured a position as telegrapher in a branch 
office for the Western Union at $45.00 per 
month, replacing a $55-00 telegrapher. 

In September of the same year ( 1899) he 
secured a position with the Postal Tele- 
graph Company, in their Chicago main 
office, at a salary of $60.00 per month. 

He worked there three years, and re- 
ceived one increase of $5.00 in September, 
1901. During all of the time he worked for 
the Postal Telegraph Company in their Chi- 
cago main office he was permanently as- 
signed to wires rated at $75.00, $80.00, and 
$85.00 per month. 

In order to secure a maximum salary in 
Chicago it was necessary for him to resign 
and go to another city. 

Returning two years later he was paid 
the maximum salary in the same office. 

The point I desire to illustrate is, that in 
order to get an increase in salary, in pro- 
portion to increased efficiency, a telegrapher 
is compelled to move from city to city, be- 
cause the policy of the telegraph companies 
appears to be not to advance salaries of 
home men except in cases where the in- 
crease granted is considerably lower than 
what the position to which they are pro- 
moted formerly paid. 

It is therefore requested that measures be 
adopted whereby telegraphers doing equal 
work will receive equal pay. 


The present conditions of employment 
and extraordinary and exorbitant cost of 
living in San Francisco is deserving of 
prompt attention, and calls for immediate 

The following is quoted from a letter 
written by a prominent San Francisco teleg- 
rapher : 

"At present the main office of the W. U. 
Co. is in a huge shed in West Oakland, 
between two trunk lines of the Southern 
Pacific Railway, and in one of the most un- 
desirable parts of the city, known as the 
'Negro quarter.' No respectable restaur- 
ants are near at hand, other than the one 
which the W. U. established. The office 
is several miles from a fair residential dis- 
trict. At night it has been notoriously un- 
safe for respectable women to go out on 
the street alone. 

"Houses and rooms in San Francisco are 
at in enormous premium, and such places 
as can be had are many miles from the 
office, requiring, with the miserable street 
car service, from one to two hours each 
way to and from the office. To have any 
sort of comfort whatever, operators for 
the most part have to live on the Oakland 
side of the bay. This means additional time 
spent going to and from the office. 

"The prices of meals in restaurants, as 
given to me by Mr. Zinkand, proprietor for 
many years of one of the most widely 
known restaurants in the world, are from 
thirty to forty per cent higher than before 
the fire. The restauranteurs are compelled 
to charge these prices on account of the ab- 
normally high cost of products, such as 
meats, vegetables, etc. 

"The prices of rooms are double what 
they were before the fire, and a married 
man cannot under any circumstances get a 
house or flat to live in and pay the rentals 
asked in San Francisco and Oakland today. 

"Due to the enormous amount of con- 
struction going on, for you must not for- 
get that the entire burned district of many 
square miles, streets, buildings and all are 

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being rebuilt, the result — narrow, tortuous 
passageways, dust, brick, mortar, and gen- 
eral chaos. I have seen street cars so 
crowded that they could not move their 
loads, and have taken two hours, trans- 
ferred three times, and walked a mile to 
reach the ferry station from the unbumed 
portion of the Mission district. 

"The writer is at present working a split 
trick, and they have assigned several men 
to just such hours, which are obnoxious, 
and absolutely out of the bounds of all 
reason. I report for duty at ii a. m. This 
compels me to get my breakfast at my 
home as early as 9 o'clock, arriving at the 
ferry office a few minutes before 11 o'clock. 
I am off duty at 2.30 p. m. to 3.30 p. m., 
then must hang around in the dirt and dust 
of the burned district, get my dinner, which 
averages, sixty to seventy cents for 'roast 
beef, potatoes, one vegetable and coffee,' 
then back to the office at S p. m., and off at 
nine-thirty p. m., or eight hours for a trick. 
I leave on the 9.40 p. m. boat for home, and 
arrive there about 11 o'clock, showing that 
in order to get one day's work I am com- 
pelled to spend twelve hours' time in doing 
so, and this is the case with all these men. 
Now the telegraph companies are giving 
these things absolutely no consideration, so 
far as the operators are concerned. They 
simply say, 'Well, conditions in San Fran- 
cisco are normal now, and you ought to be 
satisfied with the ten per cent raise,' which 
has, as you well know, a very large string 
tied to it at that, and nothing whatever to 
prevent their working the sliding scale to 
bring salaries right down . to where they 
were before, as soon as it appears conven- 
ient to them to do so. 

■"In both companies there are a few $99.00 
jobs, but the general average is $80.00. 
Now, for a man of family, I will show you 
where he will get bff at the end of a month 
on $80.00 provided he has, say, two chil- 

House rent, minimum, per month $30.00 

Groceries, meats, etc 40.00 

Heat, light and fuel 10.00 

Laundry 5.00 

Car fare 3.00 

Lunch or dinner 15.00 


"The above figures allow nothing for 
clothing, doctor bills, incidentals, or any 
recreation whatsoever. He therefore must 
work three to four hours overtime to barely 
exist and keep out of debt." 

The existing conditions in San Fran- 
cisco would seem to justify a 25 per cent 
increase in salaries, pending a restoration 
of normal conditions, the San Francisco 
officials of the company and the representa- 
tives of the operating force to determine 
when normal conditions have been restored. 

In conclusion, the telegraphers, members 
of the Commercial Telegraphers' Union of 
America, and others employed by your com- 
pany, in respectfully submitting the fore- 
going statements for your consideration and 
action, desire to know if they may 'expect a 
reply indicating the willingness of your 
company, through its accredited representa- 
tives, to confer with a committee represent- 
ing this organization empowered to act 
Sincerely yours, 


President Commercial Telegraphers' Union 
of America. 

As the foregoing communication did not 
result in bringing about an amicable adjust- 
ment of the differences between the Western 
Union and its organized telegraphers, as it 
was hoped it would do, a general strike 
seemed imminent ; in fact the situation 
reached such a phase that the various boards 
of trades and other large business interests 
of the country appealed to President Roose- 
velt to intercede and use his good offices in 
an effort to bring about a settlement of the 
matters at issue between the two interested 
parties, which communications were even- 
tually turned over to Commissioner of 
Labor Neil, who went to New York and met 
the officers of the Commercial Telegraphers' 
Union and also the officers of the Western 
Union Telegraph Company, in an effort to 
bring about an understanding between them. 
Which finally was instrumental in bringing 
forth the following letter from President 
Qowry, of the Western Union to Commis- 
sioner Neil: 

"Referring to the conferences held be- 
tween yourself and me and other officers of 
the Western Union Telegraph Company, 
and having in view the possible grave incon- 

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venience of the public following any general 
interruption of our business, I am glad to 
make clear to you the position occupied by 
the Western Union Telegraph Company in 
regard to this whole matter. 

As to statements made by persons in no 
way connected with this company that the 
10 per cent increase granted by the telegraph 
company on March i, last, has not been ap- 
plied to all salaried telegraphers, I desire to 
say that the telegraph company announced 
this increase in good faith and is carrying 
it out in good faith, and that if any case can 
be found in which the increase was not 
granted it will be corrected at once. 

The statement also being made that the 
telegraph company is endeavoring to neutral- 
ize the 10 per cent advance by the applica- 
tion of a so-called sliding scale is without 
foundation. There is no such practice in 
effect, nor is there any intention of putting 
it into effect by the management of this 

The standard salaries for regular positions 
as established by the increase of March i 
will be maintaineed and the company will 
pay to any man appointed or promoted to 
any position the salary attached to that po- 
sition after that increase, and will pay to 
extra men the salaries in effect for their 
work as of March i, inclusive, of the lo per 
cent increase. 

This company has not discriminated 
against nor will it discriminate against 
any employe of the company because 
of affiliation or non-afRliation with any or- 
ganization; and if it can be shown to me 
that any subordinate has been dismissed or 
been discriminated against or any teleg- 
rapher dismissed because of affiliation with 
any organization, such telegrapher shall be 
restored to his position without prejudice. 

As evidence of the absolute good faith of 
the Western Union Telegraph Oimpany in 
its relations to its < employes, I beg to say 
that if any telegrapher feels that he has any 
grievance under any of the foregoing con- 
ditions, and if he can not secure a satis- 
factory adjustment of his complaint with the 
officers of the company, we will submit the 
matter to the arbitration of three parties, 
one to be selected by the telegrapher, one by 
the telegraph company and the third to be 

selected by the two so chosen, and in the 
event that the two can not agree upon a 
third arbitrator within one week, we will be 
very glad to have such third artntrator 
chosen by the chairman of the interstate 
commerce commission and the commissioner 
of labor acting jointly. 

As a further evidence of our entire wil- 
lingness to deal fairly and preserve amic- 
able relations directly with our employes, 
any telegrapher who at any time has a griev- 
ance can take it up with his superior either 
in person, or, if he wishes, through any com- 
mittee he may select from the other em- 
ployes of the company in the same district 

I have outlined above, in brief, the posi- 
tion the Western Union Telegraph Com- 
pany holds in regard to matters we have 
discussed, and you are at liberty to make 
any use of this letter that you see fit. 
Yours very truly, 

R. C. Clowry, 

It was believed that the foregoing con- 
cessions on the part of the Western Union 
would result in settling the whole matter, 
but later, it is stated, new conditions arose 
in San Francisco and a strike of all the em- 
ployes of the Western Union and the Pos- 
tal Telegraph Companies in San Francisco 
and Oakland was called, which is still in 
progress, and which is being personally con- 
ducted by President Small. 

On account of the unexpected turn in 
events. Commissioner Neil hastened to San 
Francisco in an effort to bring about a set- 
tlement of that trouble and thereby prevent 
the strike from spreading. 

A majority of the general Executive 
Board of the Commercial Telegraphers' 
Union is also in San Francisco. 

At the time of going to press, no settle- 
ment of the trouble had been reached. 

Without attempting to discuss the merits 
or demerits of any or all of the demands 
made on the Western Union Telegraph 
Company by the commercial telegraphers, 
it seems a regretable fact that there should 
have been any necessity for the intervention 
of a third party in an effort to bring the two 
interested parties together. No good rea- 
son is apparent why the officials of the 

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Western Union Telegraph Company should 
not meet a committee representing its em- 
ployes and deal fairly and equitably with 
them. The laborer of to-day has rights and 
all up-to-date employers recognize this fact 
and meet and treat -with committees, and 
there is no reason why the management of 
the Western Union should not treat with its 
employes in the same manner. No doubt if 
this had been done in the first place all mat- 
ters at issue could and would have been 
settled long ago and a condition would have 
been established in' the telegraph service of 
that company that would have been greatly 
beneficial to it. 

It is hoped that the Western Union ofii- 
cials will, before it is too late, realize their 
errors and take the necessary steps to cor- 
rect them by meeting committees of their 
employes and treating with them. No 
doubt such a conference would result in the 
establishing of friendly relations between 
employer and employe, which would be 
beneficial to all concerned. . 

In the course of events, misunderstand- 
ings arise, and the best and most satisfac- 
tory way to remove such misunderstandings 
is by conference and a free and full dis- 
cussion of all matters at issue. 


One thousand one hundred and fifty-four 
new members were initiated into the Order 
during the month of June.. 

Seven thousand, two hundred and thirty- 
eight new members were initiated into the 
Order during the first six months of the 
present year. 

It is said that C. T. Pyle, whose name ap- 
pears on the Katy scab list, is now em- 
ployed by the Rock Island at Morganville, 

It is' said that Mike H. Monchan, whose 
name appears on the Katy scab list, is now 
employed at Choppell Junction, on the In- 
diana Harbor Railroad. 

Since the last announcement, new system 
divisions have been established on the San 
Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railway, 
and the Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway. 

Up to the time of going to press, over 
15,500 members have already paid dues for 
the new term beginning July ist. This 
breaks all previous records for prompt 
payment of dues. 

Thirty-eight new and revised schedules 
were secured by the Order during the first 
six months of the present year. This far 
exceeds anything ever before accomplished. 

The name R. C. Jackson appears on the 
Katy scab list. This individual should not 
be confused with Roy C. Jackson, of Child- 
ress, Texas, member of I. & G. N. Ry. Sys- 
tem Division No. 25, as it is another party 

The surplus in the Mortuary Fund of the 
Mutual Benefit Department continues to 
grow and on June 30, 1907, after all the ap- 
proved death claims had been paid, there 
was $184,985.68 cash on hand in its treas- 
ury, which is the high water mark up to the 
present time. 

Help to complete thorough organization 
throughout the country by furnishing the 
Grand Secretary and Treasurer with a cor- 
rect list of all non-members in your ici.'- 
tory, using care to give correct in!.!.i!s, thf 
correct spelling of the name, and the cor- 
rect address, and also to show the road on 
which they are employed. 

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It is stated that C. A. Latham, whose 
name appears on the Katy scab list, is now 
touring Texas seeking employment and that 
he is endeavoring to cover up most of his 
Katy record, which, of course, he will not 
be able to do. 

Thomas B. MacMahon, whom many of 
the old-time members of the Order will re- 
member as a prominent figure at the ses- 
sions of the Grand Division prior to 1894, 
was recently elected City Attorney of West 
Seattle, Wash. 

In the Providence Division No. 35 notes 
published in the May issue two employes 
were referred to as "sewermen" through a 
typographical error, as they should have 
been referred to as '"levermen," which is 
their proper designation, and this correction 
is made in justice to them. 

The accompanying is an engraving of an 
official O. R. T. gold ring. These rings 
can be had from the 
(Qrand Secretary and 
Treasurer for $4.50. In 
ordering them it is only 
necessary to give the size 
desired, which information can be secured 
from any jeweler. 

Since the last announcement, new sched- 
ules have been secured on the following 
lines: Quincy, Omaha & Kansas City 
Railway, Georgia Railroad, Lake Erie & 
Western Railway. Hocking Valley Railway, 
Toledo & Ohio Central Railway, and re- 
vised schedules have been secured on the 
Maine Central Railway, Bessemer & Lake 
Erie Railway, and the New York, Susque- 
hanna & Western Railway. 

Wm. N. Staley, of Waterloo, Iowa, mem- 
ber of C, R. I. & P. Ry. System, Division 
No. 126, is another member of the Order 
who believes in the telegrapher going into 
business for himself. He is now manufac- 
turing a fountain pen and a stylus. He has 
named the pen, the O. R. T. fountain pen, 
and presented the President and Grand 
Secretary and Treasurer with one of the 
pens and stylus at the late session of the 
Grand Division. 

W. S. Arnold, member of the Grand Di- 
vision, located at Fort Worth, Texas, is the 
composer of a song entitled "The Browns- 
ville Raid," which according to the news- 
papers of that city, gives promise of becom- 
ing very popular. It is said that the words 
of the song are a portrayal ot the famous 
Brownsville incident which has attracted 
so much attention during the past few 
months through the press of the country 
and at the hands of Congress. 

The statement issued by the Bureau of 
Immigration for the month of May, 1907, 
shows that there were 184,886 aliens landed 
at the various ports of entry in the United 
States during that month; that there were 
1,079 debarred from entrance, classified as 
follows : Idiots, i ; insane persons and 
epileptics, 23 ; paupers and likely to become 
public charges and beggars, 586 ; loathsome 
or dangerous contagious diseases, 286; con- 
victs, 39 ; prostitutes and procurers, i ; con- 
tract laborers, 92; no passports, 35; under 
provisions of Chinese exclusion act, 8; ac- 
companying aliens, 7. The report also 
shows that there were 102 aliens returned 
by the immigration authorities after landing. 
The total number of aliens landed in the 
United States during the month of M.iy, 
1906, were 150.927. 




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The following births have beeh reported 
since the last issue of The Telegrapher: 

To Bro. and Mrs. C. A. Reed, of Niles. 
O., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Ed Utz, of Grants, 
O., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. C. C. Teeter, of Disko, 
Ind., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. H. J. Pope, of Norma, 
Wis., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. J. V. Datin, of Bus- 
sey, la., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. H. W. Ward, of Har- 
vey, la., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Hugh M. Rice, of Wil- 
ton, Wis., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. C. E. Carter, of Bueno 
Vista, O., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. D. M. Rogers, of Reg- 
ister, Ga., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. W. Rhodes, of Cedar 
Lake, Ind., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. H. W. Alverson, of 
Corry, Pa., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. H. L. Borland, of Lib- 
erty, N. Y., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. W. H. Polsgrovc, of 
Jordan, Ky., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Jno. B. Anderson, of 
Mack, Colo., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. L. Lindsay, of 
Bladen, Neb., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. O. C. Hunter, of Van 
Meter, S. D., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. M. C. Higbee, of 
Woodstock, la., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. W. A. Bowman, of 
Harrisburg, Pa., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. J. E. O'Leary, of East 
Emporium, Pa., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. H. C. Woodchick, of 
Fox Lake, Wis., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. John W. Rhinesmith, 
of Lake Forest, 111., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. O. E. Corcoran, of 
Moundsville, W. Va., a girl. 

The following marriages have been re- 
ported since the last issue of The Teleg- 
rapher : 

Bro. P. J. Ritschel, of Div. 76, to Miss 
Anna Witt. 

Bro. F. H. Pickett, of Div. 76, to Miss 
Edna Diehl. 

Bro. J. K. Turner, of Div. 14, to Miss 
Lula Dunn. 

Bro. J. O. Aldridge, of Div. 49, to Miss 
Annie Cooper. 

Bro. A. J. Pittman, of Div. 93, to Miss 
Eva T. Sibley. 

Bro. G. V. Cook, of Div. 76, to Miss Lil- 
lian B. Smith. 

Bro. Earl C. Codner, of Div. 93, to Miss 
May Kempley. 

Bro. G. M. Bennett, of Div. 20, to Mrs. 
Genie Tennant. 

Bro. Geo. E. Davis, of Div. 39, to Miss 
Tula Bradwaile. 

Bro. D. E. Hale, of Div. 76, to Miss 
Mabel Humason. 

Bro. Wright W. Adams, of Div. 93, to 
Miss Florence E. Flannagin. 

At Akron, O., Bro. C. P. Hagerman, of 
Div. 42, to Miss Blanch Youtz. 

At Gorin, Mo., Bro. E. D. Mackey, of 
Div. 53, to Miss Laura Dedman. 

At Rolfe, la., Bro. R. D. Thatcher, of 
Div, 76, to Miss Leila E. Smith. 

At West Bend, la., Bro. R R. Blair, of 
Div. 126, to Miss Lillian Minger. 

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At Anita, la., Bro. Wm. P. Barrett, of 
Div. 126, to Miss Bertha Wiegand. 

At Chillicothe, la., Bro. J. F. Manning, 
of Div. 126, to Miss Efiie M. Stumpf. 

At Sewell, W. Va., Bro. C. C. Ware, 
of Div. 40, to Miss H. Ethel Dodson. 

At New Haven, Ind., Bro. G. C. Dela- 
marter, of Div. 2, to Miss Grace Miller. 

At St. Maurice, La., Bro. A. J. Richard- 
son, of the Grand Division, to Miss Ottis 

At Cumberland, Wis., Bro. R. F. Don- 
chower, of Div. 119, to Miss Minnesota 
May Babcock. 

The Telegrapher extends congratula- 
tions to the happy couples. 

The following deaths have been reported 
since the last issue of The Telegrapher: 

At Rocky Ford, Ga., Bro. B. Burke, of 
Div. 46. 

At Boca, Cal., wife of Bro. D. E. Lander, 
of Div. S3. 

At Wheeling, W. Va., wife of Bro. C. O. 
Battin, of Div. 33. 

At Waverly, Va., infant daughter of Bro. 
J. H. Wilson, of Div. 14. 

At Savannah, Ga., Geo. H. Cregar, 
brother of W. B. Cregar, of Div. 46. 

At Renovo, Pa., Mrs. Mary Neylon, 
mother of Sister Elizabeth V. Neylon, of 
Div. na 

The bereaved relatives have the sym- 
pathy of all. 


Present address of A. L. Pemberton. 
V. T. Reynolds, 
569 Cherry Ave., Jacksonville, Fla. 

Present addresses of J. M. Eden and D. 
H. Croft "Boys," if you see this write. 


Care Southern Ry., Rockton, S. C. 

Present address of E S. Gelwicks. Last 
heard of in Hot Springs, Ark. News con- 
cerning him will be greatly appreciated by 
his sister, Mrs. E E. Burgoon, 213 West 
Court Sl, Washington C. H., Ohio. "Ed," 
if you see this write. 

Present address of C. Sale. Worked for 
G. N. Ry., 1902 to 1905. 

F. B. LeFever, 
Nebraska City, Neb. 

Present address of C. H. Brisco. 
G. F. Brinkman, 
743^4 Milaukee Ave., East, 
Detroit, Mich. 

Present address of F. C. Vierus. Under- 
stand there are two other parties by my 
name and would like to locate them. 

F. C. ViERUS, 

Cat Springs, Texas. 


Qeneral Chairman Division 79 and Representa- 
tive to late sesaion of Grand Division, 

Present address of E. H. McBride. Last 
heard of working on A. C. L. May, Savan- 
nah, Ga. "Mack," ' if you see this write 
me. J. E. CoNKLiN, 

Hillsboro, N. C. 

Present address of the following: H. 
W. Lloyd, Jno. D. Davis, G. W. Guess, J. 
T. Busbee, Geo. C. Williams, Wayne Cole. 
"Boys," if any of you see this write me 
care of Southern Pacific Ry., Midfields, 
Texas. Andrew Whjjams. 

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W. I. Oyler. H. J. Evans C. B. Kelley. 


J. L. Roblehan, E. C. Davis, E. B. Paxgon, M. E. Sheehan, W. E. Johnson. 

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Present address of E. Weaver, formerly 
employed in Freeport shops in 1904. 

R. Toombs, 
Care C T. D., I. C. R. R., Freeport, 111. 

Present address of W. A. Davenport, 
CertiScate 672, in good standing until June 
30, 1907, in Div. 40. Came in as a new 
member December 31, 1906. Is slender 
build, about 5 feet 10 inches. Weight 
about 150 pounds; black hair. Talks very 
feminine and whiney. Any information 
regarding him will be appreciated. 

J. W. KiSER, 

Huntington, W. Va. 

The following members desire to ex- 
change souvenir postal cards with other 
members : 

G. C Frey, New Galilee, Pa. 

F. C. Vierus, Cat Spring, Texas. 

W. E. Parker, Water Valley, Ky. 

S. K. Hendricks, Glade Spring, Va. 

Harvey G. Grofe, Philadelphia Ave., Boy- 
ertown. Pa. 

Miss Bertha Shipp, 713 East Ninth St., 
Little Rock, Ark. 


Card No. 5493, Cert. 465, Div. 2, for term 
ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 24070, Cert, 99, Div. 7, for term 
ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 279S4, Cert. 1454, Div. 2, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 32097, Cert. 690, Div. 14, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 13296, Cert. 831, Div. 42, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 32545, Cert. 394, Div. 46, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 28382, Cert 1352, Div. 53, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 16082, Cert. 1828, Div. 53, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 18957, Cert. 58, Div. 59, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 1845, Cert. 599, Div. 59, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 24525, Cert. 92, Div. 64, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 15715, Cert. 1129, Div. 76, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 19095, Cert. 993, Div. 93, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 16648, Cert. 1292, Div. 93, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 27768, Cert. 91, Div. 97, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 28969, Cert. 331, Div. 97, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 31 134, Cert 144, Div. 118, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 33268, Cert. 165, Div. 120, for 
terra ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 31259, Cert. 58, Div. 134, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 19707, Cert. 321, Div. 8, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 18490, Cert. 76, Div. 39, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 2871, Cert. 856, Div. 132, for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 24588, Cert. 83, Div. 91. for 
term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 885, Cert. 1558, Grand Division, 
for term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 310, Cert. 2394, Grand Division, 
for term ending June 30, 1907. 

Card No. 22036, Cert. 4074, Grand Divis- 
ion, for term ending June 30, 1907. 

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Efforts are always successes. 

* * « 

A good way to get called a liar is to tell 
the truth. 

« « * 

Righteousness is praised by all, but hon- 
ored by few. 

* * « 

Nothing is more unsatisfactory than van- 
ity — in others. 

* * « 

Lots of lazy men would kick if they were 
compelled to do nothing. 

« * « 

It takes two to make a match — and a 
divorce judge to ignite it. 
« « * 

Trying to live up to his good reputation 
has kept many a man poor. 

* « * 

Some men hitch their wagons to stars, 
but they are poor teamsters. 

* * « 

Put yourself in your neighbor's place and 
you would stop abusing him. 
« * * 

Most of the good things in life come to 
those who wait on themselves. 

* « « 

The "law of compensation" works this 
way: Some get rich without working, and 
some work without getting rich. 
« « * 

Unless you stand up for your principles 
jrou need not expect to have them respected 
by others. 

« « * 

The Farmers' Union of Mississippi has 
entered politics and two members of that or- 
ganization will make the race for the lower 

Never use hard words — especially if you 
are unable to pronounce them. 
« * « 

And the early bird sometimes gets it 
where the giraffe got the extension. 

* * * 

Without organization, injustice will con- 
tinue, disorder will continue, and govern- 
ment and law themselves will be endan- 

* * « 

Do you want to down the trusts? If so, 
demand the union label on everything you 
buy; trusts don't like nor hire, as a rule, 
union labor. 

* * * 

If you have a grievance against your 
union bring the matter up at your union 
meeting; don't take it to outsiders— they 
don't understand. 

« « * 

Portland, Ore., has taken a step forward 
in establishing a municipal employment 
bureau, in which work and workers are to 
be listed free of charge. 

* « « 

The waiters of Paris, France, have won 
their strike for a reduction of the fees pay- 
able for the privilege of working, and the 
right to wear mustaches. 

« * * 

Machinists and tool makers to the num- 
ber of 350, and their skilled assistants, in 
the government work shops have gone on 
strike at Bridgeport, Conn. 

* « « 

Brains are trump in any game, especially 
in trade unionism, where the brain must be 
ever active in order to combat the desire of 
the employer to make this life one of drudg- 
ery in place of the ideal which man has a 
right to expect. 

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At future meetings of the Rhode Island 
Branch of the American Federation of 
Labor no delegate will be seated unless his 
clothing bears the union label. 

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General Chairman Division 80 and Representa- late session of Grand Division. 

The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a 
bill limiting the hours for railroad telegra- 
phers to eight a day 'and has also passed a 
law giving street railway employes a ten- 
hour day within twelve. 

• * * 

Los Angeles, Cal., will soon have a labor 
temple, the cost of which when completed 
will be about $120,000, and the cost of the 
lots added will bring the cost of the prop- 
erty up to $200,000 or more. 

* * * 

Under the joint supervision of the Amer- 
ican Society of Equity and the Chicago 
Federation of Labor, four distributing sta- 
tions have been established there, where 
the products of union farmers will be han- 
dled and sold to consumers at much lower 
prices than they now pay, yet at a more 
profitable figure for the farmer. A similar 
exchange was established in April at 
Detroit, Mich. 

A general strike of machinists on the 
Louisville and Nashville Railroad was or- 
dered May 29. The machinists ask recogni- 
tion of the union and a uniform scale of 
wages in each shop. No increase of pay is 

* * « 

Chicago, 111., electricians want a scale of 
$5 a day, an increase of 50 cents a day over 
their present scale. They do not make any 
agreements with employers. They set their 
own working rules and they have had no 
trouble in enforcing them for several years. 

« * * 

"If you don't like the way your union is 
run, dig in and run it yourself, but don't be 
a do-nothing and complain because others 
are doing the work you should help do. If 
a clique is running it, join the clique. They 
are the workers without whom the local 
would go out of existence. Anyone can be 
a "knocker'; it takes a good man to be a 

Deceased member Division 80. 

The policemen of Tours, France, recently 
formed a union and placarded the town 
with printed statements of their grievances. 
Soldiers ejected them from their barracks. 

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Sixteen nnion men were elected to the 
Pennsylvania Legislature, pledged to the 
reforms which organized labor is a unit in 
demanding. This is en-ouraging, and the 
example ought to be followed by every 
State in the Union. When the working- 
men learn to present as tuiited a front as 
corporations have d:ne in the past, there 
is nothing in reason they can not secure at 
the hands of the g vernment 

The union m n ,$hould make himself in- ■ 
dispegfable to his employer by taking a 
personal pride in his work* and a personal 
interest in the success of hi% employer's 
business. Make the employer feel that you 
have a mutual interest in his welfare, as 
well as your own, and you will force him 
to respect the tmion card. Show him by 
your work that unionism pays the employer 
as well as the employe. 

G. D. Bishop. 
C. L. Sauls. 

A. P. Chsmbllss. 
H. C. Lasater. 

A. J. Wallace. 
H. F. Booker. 


When employers refuse to meet repre- 
sentatives of employes, or when they 
haughtily and summarily refuse workmen's 
requests for improved conditions, what re- 
course but the strike is there open to the 
men? Much as we deplore and seek to 
avoid strikes, when such an alternative is 
presented we have no hesitancy in declaring 
that the workers would be less than men 
did they not strike and strike persistently to 

In walking down the street and meeting 
a dog that showed you his teeth and wagged 
his tail in an approving manner, does it not 
occur to you that it is a question which end 
you might believe, the wrong end seemed to 
be giving approval. Isn't it a regrettable 
fact there are so many people giving you 
the same impression as the dog, while giv- 
ing you the glad right hand the left is either 
stabbing you in the back or looking for your 

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How happy the working people ought to 
be. They have made so many iivproved 
machines that 3,000,000 little children are 
now at work. Yes, convicts and little child- 
ren do so much work that a million men 

come in on equal terms, with the motto, 
"equal rights to all and special privileges to 
none." A trust seeks to reduce its mem- 
bership to the smallest possible point, with 
the motto, "special privileges for us and to 

Olenn KotbeDbunr, U. P. M onahan, G. A. Johnson. Hale A. Studebaker. 

have nothing to do, and can spend their 
whole time begging and stealing and go to 
jail and get hardened in sin and crime. 
How lovely it is! Society will soon be 
entirely relieved from the merry frolics of 
innocent childhood, and the stem nobility 
of manhood and the calm repose of old age, 
unless laboring men do their duty to them- 
selves and posterity by taking the whip- 
handle in governing the country, instead of 
being whipped into line by politicians and 
capitalists seeking their own personal ag- 
grandizement and not the general welfare of 
the people. — Labor Standard. 
* * * 

The Parryites keep right on chattering 
about the "labor trust" as though they be- 
lieved that such an institution was a pos- 
sibility. They are either too dishonest or 
too stupid to understand that the essential 
difference between a labor union and a 
trust is this: A union seeks to have all 

h with the rest." There can be no 

"labor trusts" when every effort is made to 
bring the unorganized workers into the 
fold. Such a body is democratic in every 
respect, while the trust is plutocratic, non- 
archic, and the fewer persons in control 
the more rapacious and greedy it becomes. 
— Labor Argus. 

* « * 

The trades union has to deal with vast 
numbers of average men, among whom we 
find the stupid, as .well as the intelligent, 
the selfish as well as the altruistic, the slug- 
gish as well as the alert, and its working 
policy must take all these things into ac- 
count. When all this is said, we maintain 
that its influence for good, for developing 
the faculty of mutual self-help, the graces 
of benevolence and fraternity, for arousing 
the desire and will for the better things of 
life is scarcely equaled by any other human 

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"Those who would be free, themselves 
must strike the blow," is as true now as 
ever in the history of man, and eternal vigi- 
lance is as much the price of material ad- 
vancement now as it is, or ever was, the 
price of liberty. Out of all the hostile abuse 
of labor in its efforts to protect its rights 
and interests, there is not a suggestion as 
to any other manner of safeguarding them. 

1 he hours of labor in Belgium are very 
long. The laborer commences work at 6 a. 
m. and ceases work at 7 p. m., with the 
usual breaks for meals. He is paid accord- 
ing to the trade in which he is employed, on 
the average of 7 to 9 cents per hour for 10 
hours, and for additional two hours 25 per 
cent, increase, making his daily wage from 
84 cents to $1.08 for 12 hours. Children 
begin their life work at the age of 12 years ; 
and as regards hours for child labor, the 
law states that no child under 16 years of 
age shall be kept at work for more than 
12 hours a day. A Belgian statistician esti- 
mates the average earnings at about $160 

It looks as if the organited farmers were 
going to give union labor some practical 
assistance. A large wagon and carriage 
manufactory at Owensboro, Ky., put up the 
bars against trade unionists and took a 
bold stand for the "open shop." Then the 
American Society of Equity, whose dele- 
gates were received fraternally at the re- 
cent convention of the American Federa- 
tion of Labor, took a hand. Proclama- 
tions were issued by the president and sec- 
retary forbidding all members of the 
Farmers' Union from buying any article 
manufactured by the Owensboro concern. 
* * « 

The unionists of the west will be inter- 
ested to learn that another concern which 
professes to supply professional spies, or in 
reality union perjurers, to employers and 
labor disrupters, is doing business in Win- 
nipeg. We have the business card of 
Noble's Dominion Detective Agency, 42 
Canada Life building, which states that 
"We also supply secret operatives who are 
mechanics, clerks or laborers, to work in 
factories, warehouses, stores, mines, lumber 

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per year, which includes child labor. 
Numerous factories in that country have 
been established by British firms, owing to 
the very low rate at which labor may be 
secured there. 

camps, etc., in order to learn all going on 
in regard to unions present or prospective, 
contemplated strikes, grievances, thefts or 
leaks of any kind, and all general informa- 
tion of value to the employer." 

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Brakeman't Story of a Runaway Train. 


'E had been running along at 
about 15 miles an hour, and 
everything seemed to be all 
right With the sound of the engineer's 
whistle for brakes, I ran from one car to 
another, setting the brakes as hard as I 
could. The head brakeman was doing the 
same on the front of the train, and the con- 
ductor and rear brakeman were also doing 
their duty. I threw all my strength into 
the work of turning the brake- wheels, and 
as the train did not slackp" its momentum 
in the least, I realized that the situation 
was becoming serious. 

"Again and again I tried to put on more 
brakes, but my efforts only seemed to stim- 
ulate the velocity of the wheels. Around 
curve after curve the cars tore. Finally 
it seemed that the cars themselves were 
alive, shaking and trembling to rid them- 
selves of their human burden. As a last 
resort, and with the only hope that the 
train would stick to the rails, I stretched 
myself out on a box-car, clinging to the 
running-board. Faster and faster went the 
train. It was all I could do to stick to the 
car. How far the train traveled in those 
few seconds I will never know. Seconds 
seemed minutes, and minutes were longer . 
than hours. Think! Why, man, I could 
hardly think. 

"At this time I thought of Timothy Flats, 
a level stretch in the road about a quarter 
of a mile in length. My one hope was that 
the engineer would get control of his train 
at that point. But quicker than it takes to 
tell it, we were on the flats and passed them 
without the train slackening in speed in 
the least On and on we went I was 
scared. I knew > wreck was inevitable. I 

could look ahead and see the engineer in 
his cab. The fireman was out of the ten- 
der. The engineer had his hand on the 
throttle. He had already reversed his en- 
gine, was pouring sand as fast as the pipes 
would allow, and time and time again he 
recharged his air. But it was of no use. 
I knew how the man felt How could he 
stick to his post? I knew how the others 
felt, but now it seemed more like a dream 
than an actual happening. 

"There were six men, the train's crew, 
all at our posts, and absolutely powerless 
in any way to stop the tremendous speed of 
those cars. Now and then I glanced side- 
ways. We must have been going at the rate 
of two miles a minute. The telegraph poles 
alongside looked like a picket fence, so 
rapidly did we pass them. The trees and 
the mountainous hills resembled a mixed 
mass of dark green and brown. In taking 
the curves, every one of which I thought 
certainly would be the last, I watched that 
string of cars. It looked like a rapidly 
moving snake trying to get away from 
threatening danger. Thoughts passed 
through my mind as never before. My 
brain seemed afire. I couldn't help but 
think how helpless we half-dozen men we«e 
at the time. Never before did I feel so 
utterly useless. I thought of jumping, but 
that would be suicide, and so I stuck to my 

"I happened to be looking ahead when 
the engine took the Qawson curve. It 
seemed to me that the tender jumped the 
track first Then there was a bulge, and 
every car seemed to rise high in the air 
and crash into one another. This I realized 
as the end of the wild ride. In a way I 
was glad it was over. With the most terri- 
fying sound I ever head in my life, or 
ever imagined, there was a sadden shock. 

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Then confusion. As the force of those 
heavily laden cars pushed themselves 
against the locomotive the compact was 
awful. The box-cars were flattened out 
like paper boxes under the hand of a giant. 

"As I went down with the top of the 
car, I felt the other cars piling, one after 
the other upon me. Something struck me 
in the head. My shoulder was twisted and 
pulled in every direction. The claw of a 
monster seemed to grab and scratch my 
face. All was darkness about me. And 
this is death ! I thought. And then there 
was silence. All I could hear was the hiss- 
ing of escaping steam. And again I thought 
of the engineer at his post. I tried to free 
myself and found that the debris was all 
about me. I couldn't see, but finally suc- 
ceeded in extricating myself. I was safe 
at last! 

"f thought of my fellow workmen, and 
in a half-da^ed Condition tried to walk to- 
ward the engine. I almost knew how the 
engineer had fared, but I wanted to help 
him if I could. I found some water and 
stopped to bathe my face. Then the sec- 
tion men appeared, and I was too weak to 
help in the work of rescue. They took me 
to Ashland, then on to Portland, and here 
I am. I couldn't live through another ex- 
perience as I have just gone through." — 
Portland Orcgonian. 


ABOUT ten years before the Eastern 
Railroad was leased by the Boston 
& Maine, that portion of the old 
road between Swampscott and Salem was 
in charge of Section Foreman Timothy 

His strongest point was in doing just as 
he was told, and doing that with energy 
and accuracy. So when he was notified by 
the roadmasfer that the section lengths 
were to be changed, and that he was to 
move his tool house from the westerly end 
of the Salem yard to half-way between 
mile posts 15 and 16. he started out with 
the determination to move the house half- 
way, no more, no less. 

To get this half-way point he stationed 
one of his men at mile post 15 and another 
at mile post 16, and at a signal they started 

to walk toward each other until they met, 
and to a point opposite their meeting place 
the shanty was moved. This method of 
getting the correct distance did not quite 
suit Moynahan, especially when he remem- 
bered that one of the walkers was taller 
than the other, and the other tripped several 
times on the way down. 

When the measurement was taken the 
house was found to be sixty feet nearer 
mile post 16 than 15, and Moynahan, on 
being told, remarked that he thought he 
could fix things just right. 

Later in the year the engineer met Moy- 
nahan in Salem, and asked him if his tool 
house was now half-way between the mile 
posts ? 
"It is," he replied. "It's just half way." 
"Did you have much trouble moving it?" 
"No trouble at all; I just let it stay as it 
was and moved the mile post." — Boston 


FARRINGTON turned the night lamp 
low, drew a screen 'round the couch, 
and threw himself down. 

He felt for the packet concealed in the 
lining of his coat. Yes, it was there; and 
how hard he had worked to get those six 
little white pellets! It had taken two 
weeks to abstract them, one by one, from 
the doctor's medicine case — the doctor's 
eyes were watchful, and he seldom left the 
case within reach. 

As Farrington lay in the darkness, he 
lived over the scenes which had brought 
him where he was; the scene wherein the 
star of his hopes, his ambitions, had gone 
out in utter eclipse. 

He saw the crowded court room, the 
faces of the jurors as they listened eagerly 
to his final plea for the defense. 

He saw the judge's eyes fixed on him ap- 
provingly. He was making the effort of his 
life ; the case was practically won — he would 
be known, famous, a career lay before him 
— ^and then, as his voice rose in the brilliant 
climax of his speech, something seemed to 
snap in his head. 

The court room grew dark, the jurors' 
faces became a blurr; dazed, muttering in- 

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coherently, sobbing like a child, he was led 

Farrington wrung the truth from the 
doctors. "One chance in a hundred that the 
tiny particle of foreign matter now press- 
ing on the brain might disappear as myster- 
iously as it came, but they could do nothing, 
at present." "And the other ninety-nine?" 
he had demanded piteously. "With abso- 
lute mental rest, freedom from all excite- 
ment, his reason might yet be retained." 
Farrington opened the packet. 

"If those doddering old idiots think I'm 
going to wait 'till a speck of dust on my 
gray matter collects cobwebs enough to 
darken my upper story, well, I'll show 'em I" 
He counted out three pellets. 

"I'll make it a sure thing — no overdose — 
three now, the rest when I begin to feel 

As he raised the pellets to his mouth 
he heard a faint scratching on the window 
pane. He listened; the scratching was re- 
peated, followed by the muffled snapping of 
severed glass. Farrington lay back and 

"Most inopportune," he thought crossly. 
"Why couldn't the fellow have come a little 

He heard the window fastening slide 
back, felt the cold air rush in as the sash 
was cautiously raised. A flash of light il- 
luminated the room for a second, then dark- 
ness again, followed by the soft pad of a 
foot on the carpet. 

"I could do a better job than that, my- 
self," called Farrington sharply. "Hurry up 
and close that window — I'm a sick man ; 
don't keep me in a draught." The screen 
fell with a crash and Farrington looked up 
into the muzzle of a "38." 

"O, don't waste your ammunition on me 
— I'm not worth it. Put out that pocket bat- 
tery and turn on the lights — second button 
beside the door — keep me covered, if you're 
afraid, I'm unarmed, and there isn't a soul 
within call." 

His untimely guest backed to the door 
and switched on the lights. 

"That's better; may I get up? Thanks. 
Take a seat and make yourself comfortable 
— ^have a drink?" Farrington drew up a 

small table and poured out two glasses of 

His guest, perched uneasily on the edge 
of a chair, regarded him with amazed dis- 

"Here's to your success." Farrington 
raised his glass and the two drank in silence. 
Then for the first time the other spoke. 

"You're a cool un fer a sick man. Wot's 
the matter wid you — Bats ?" 

"No; "bats' will appear later; I am suf- 
fering from an infinitesmal particle of ex- 
traneous matter pressing on the left lobe of 
the brain. A disintegrated molecule, occa- 
sioned and superinduced by overtaxed men- 
tal faculties." 

"Holy smoke! Can't you take somethin' 
fer it?" 

"I can ; and I'm going to take it to-night." 
As Farrington set down his glass six little 
pellets dropped from his hand. 

"You've doped me!" cried his guest 
springing to his feet. 

"Now don't get excited, I wouldn't dope 
you if I could — sit down." 

"Wot's them pills?" suspiciously. 

"Medicine, which I was about to take 
when you er-entered. By the way," Far- 
rington leaned over the table and spoke in a 
whisper, "are you a good shot ?" 

"None of your damn business ! An' wot's 
more, I'm goin' to git outer here afore I 
gits batty myself." Farrington slammed his 
guest back into his chair with a force which 
surprised both. "See here," he panted, 
"you're here on business, do it, and do it 
quick; 'twill be daylight in half an hour — 
you'll be seen going out. Over in that desk 
is $400 cash; my watch is there, too, and a 
ring. Any 'fence' will give you pretty near 
what they cost, an even $50°- 

"Now muss up this room, turn out the 
drawers, upset the furniture — if you're any 
kind of a 'second-story' man you'll know 
what to do. I'll stand here," Farrington 
stepped directly under the lights, "and you 
shoot. Aim for the heart, don't bungle." 
He threw off his coat. "Now, are you 
ready!" The sweat stood out on his guest's 

"For God's sake man, wait a minute; I 
couldn't hit the side of a house — look at 

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this!" A hairy paw was extended which 
shook visibly. 

"You're a cur and a disgrace to your 
profession," remarked Farrington disgust- 
edly. "However, there are tricks in all 
trades; I'll show you one now, with which 
you may be unfamiliar." He crossed to the 
table and gathered the six pellets in his 

"Three of these contain enough morphine 
to put a man to sleep," Farrington raised 
them to his mouth, "the other three—" but 
the sentence was never finished. A hairy 
fist— it didn't tremble this time— struck Far- 
rington square on the jaw ; he dropped like 

a log. 

« * * * 

When he opened his eyes he saw the 
doctor standing over him. 

"Most remarkable," the doctor was say- 
ing. "Most re-markable." 

"What's remarkable?" asked Farrington 

"My boy, your recent little experience 
has worked wonders. Upon examination I 
find that the bit of extraneous matter which 
would have undoubtedly wrecked your men- 
tal apparatus was dislodged in — er — the 

Farrington felt the lump on his jaw re- 

"How'd you do it, Doc., operation or a 
sledge hammer?" The doctor chuckled. 

"Your recovery is due to a prescription; 
one heretofore unknown to the Materia 
Medica. I found it on your desk this morn- 

Farrington took the extended bit of 
paper and read : "You called me A cur an 
a disgrace 2 mi perfession but i never shot 
a man in G>1e Blood an i never hit a Sick 
man befoar eather but i only had i chanct 
in a 100 To gfit outer here afore somthin 
happened an i Took it i hoap i didn't hurt 
you much but twould served you rite if i 
had i didn't Touch nothing of yourn cept 
the Bot. of brandy I was shaking like a 
Lefe an needed a Bracer." — By Gertrude 
Maryland Moorhouse in Painter and 


A REGIMENT of regulars was mak- 
ing a long, dusty march across the 
rolling prairie land of Montana 
last summer. It was a hot, blistering day, 
and the. men, longing for water and rest, 
were impatient to reach the next town. 

A rancher rode past 

"Say, friend," called out one of the men, 
"how far is it to the next town?" 

"Oh, a matter of two miles or so, I 
reckon," called back the rancher. Another 
long hour dragged by, and another rancher 
was encountered. 

"How far to the next town?" the men 
asked him eagerly. 

"Oh, a good two miles." 

A weary half-hour longer of marching, 
and then a third rancher. 

"Hey, how far's the next town?" 

"Not far," was the encouraging answer. 
"Only about two miles." 

"Well," sighed an optimistic sergeant, 
"thank God, we're holding our own, any- 
how !" — Rocky Mountain Guide. 


ton, asked us the other evening if 
we had ever met the union man 
who always has a reservation up his sleeve? 
Yes, you've met him, and, alas ! so have I. 
"Now," he will say, "I am a union man — 
I believe in the principle; I want to re- 
main in the union, but" — and then he will 
give you a string of alleged reasons why 
he thinks he is being wronged by the union. 
He believes in the organization, but he 
don't like its officers; he stands for its 
principles, but he kicks on their enforce- 
ment, and those who do the enforcing; 
he thinks short hours are a great blessing, 
but he don't like to be dictated to as to 
how long or in what way he shall work ; he 
thinks a moderate amount of dues are pos- 
sibly necessary, but they are always too 
infernally high ; he reckons it is proper 
that someone should go forward and do the 
work of the union, but "Why in the world 
don't the members select a better class of 
men for that work?" He accepts the gpod 
that these "leaders" (as he sneeringly (alls 
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"Oh, it might have been so much better;" 
if extra expenses are to be incurred, he sees 
graft on every shinplaster, and outrage on 
every coin — he'll pay them, if he has to, 
but he'll sidestep if he can; he thinks the 
"injury of one is the concern of all" — ex- 
cept himself; he says he is honest — dead 
honest all through — but there are so many 
people in the ranks who are not ; if a shop 
is won over to the union, he is glad to 
hear of it, but "Heaven and earth, man, it 
was such a long time coming — ought to 
have been done months ago, and would if 
our officers had had any sense;" he be- 
lieves certain things must be done by the 
organization, but if they are not done ex- 
actly according to his views, he has a bad 
spell of the roars; he believes in helping 
those in distress, but "in this particular 
case please call on someone else." In fact, 
his life (as to unionism) seems to be 
mostly one of buts and bawls. He recalls 
the position of the old deacon on the pro- 
hibition question: "I favor the law, but 
I'm agin its enforcement." He favors the 
union if he can have his way about all 
things connected with it ; if it jars him the 
least bit, or calls for any sacrifice, then he 
is against it. Thank heaven, he is not very 
numerous, but, oh! he is powerful pestifer- 
ous. In the language of the prayer book, 
"From such as these, good Lord deliver 
us." — Stonecutters' Journal. 


WELL-MEANING men sometimes 
have a very wrong idea of what 
constitutes a good union man. 
A good union man is not the one who al- 
ways boasts of his undying hatred to all 
employers and that he has sacrificed many 
good positions through this hatred. 

He is not the jealous individual who rails 
against the union, threatening to pull away 
and smash it to pieces and have no more 
to do with it, because so-and-so made a bet- 
ter suggestion in the meeting, which was 
adopted instead of his. 

He is not the one who goes around abus- 
ing everybody and everything and sa}ring 
by his every act that there is no good in 
anything or anybody but himself and his 
own doings. 

He is not the selfish man who wants to 
keep others out of the union lest they might 
get his job. Good union men hold their 
jobs on their merits as workmen, and not 
by the force of the union. He who wil- 
fully mistreats his employer, expecting to 
be reinstated by force of the union when 
discharged, imposes on the usefulness of 
the union, and is not a good union man. 

He is not one who acquaints his em- 
ployer with all the private affairs of the 

He is not one who tries to obtain another 
job by false or unfair means. 

He is not one who absents himself from 
meetings of his local and criticises those 
who do attend for what they do. 

He is not one who is always behind with 
his dues. 

He is not one who promotes disorder at 
the meetings of the union, and who persists 
in showing disrespect to the presiding offi- 
cer and others who address the meeting. 

The good union man is he who while insist- 
ing on just wages and working conditions, 
also has respect for the rights of his em- 
ployer, and does not regard him necessarily 
in the light of an enemy. 

He who is charitably disposed towards 
the faults of others, and tries hard to live 
up to the true conception of a good union 

He who is not so selfish but that he can 
g^ve due credit to the conscientious work 
and utterances of others. 

He who recoeniizes that the union is for 
all workers who avail themselves of its 

He who has the good sense to know that 
the success of the union depends upon get- 
ting others to join it 

He who does not divulge the business of 
the union to outsiders. 

He who loves peace, preferring not to 
fight the employer, yet who is sensitive to 
unjust treatment, and who is no coward. 

He who is not afraid to go to his em- 
ployer, and in a straightforward manner 
point out injustice, and insist upon having 
the same righted. 

He who opposes strikes, and consents to 
them only when all others means of right- 
ing wrongs have utterly failed. 

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He who when he goes out on a strike 
stays out till the wrong is righted. 

He whose card is always clear. 

He who is not a knocker, but by force of 
logic opposes all foolish motions and insists 
upon the passage of all good ones. 

He who is mentally broad enough to ad- 
mit that there are others besides himself. 


IT is just a loaf of stale bread, almost as 
hard as a brick, and bearing scars of 
many a knock and dig; yet it has 
already traveled thousands of miles about 
this country, with no apparent destination. 
From Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, from 
the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic, it has been 
wandering about from month to month, un- 
til it reached Nantucket this week. 

Who sent it out upon its erratic travels 
is not known, but it is now up to the ex- 
press agents throughout the United States 
to keep the bread moving. Around the 
center of the loaf is a piece of heavy 
twine, and to this are attached countless 
tags of all descriptions. Already the tags 
-weigh more than the loaf itself, which is 
now bound on a tour down the cape, accu- 
mulating like a snowball as it travels along 
from one town to another. — Nawtucket, R. 
I., Exchange. 


^^^^AMILLE CLIFFORD, who is 
1 . going to marry the son of an 
^^^ English lord, is a Germantown 
girl," said a New York manager. "In 
Philadelphia, though she used to be much 
admired there, no one ever thought that in 
London she would achieve fame. 

"Yet in London, Camille Clifford, with 
her gowns, has become famous for some 
years, and there are many Englishmen 
who will envy I^rd Aberdare's son his 

"Miss Clifford, when I last saw her, 
talked of Lord Aberdare's opposition to the 
match. She did not think this opposition 
would last long. Apropos of it, she told me 
a little story. 

"She said there was a certain girl whose 
parents objected strongly to her sweetheart. 
The parents found in this girl's pocket- 

book one night a love letter, and, wild with 
rage, they summoned her before them. 

" 'What kind of a letter do you call this ?' 
the old man demanded, glaring at his 
daughter over his spectacles. 'Listen to it: 
'1-ight of my life — ." Light of my life I 
Faugh !' 

" 'But, papa — ' 

" "Not a word I' the old man interrupted. 
.\nd he goes on, 'I could not sleep all night 
long, love, for thinking of you.' 

" 'Liar,' said the mother. 'Fool and liar, 
to write so.' 

"'Then the lunatic says,' continued the 
father, 'he says, "How happy we would be 
if only that pig-headed, narrow-minded old 
fool of a dad of yours would give his con- 
sent." ' 

"'The villain,' said the mother. 

"'Would I trust my daughter's future,' 
said the father, 'to any man who was base 
enough to speak like that?' 

" 'But, papa, if you'll look — ' 

" 'Not a word.' 

"'If you'll only look, papa, at the date.' 

"The old man turned the page and read: 

" 'October 2, 1892.' Then a light dawned 
on htm, and he gasped: 

" 'Why, mother, bless my heart, it's one 
of my own letters to you.' 

" 'Yes, said the young girl, 'I found it in 
the cedar chest yesterday. I'd have told 
you long ago, but you wouldn't let me 
speak.' " — Ex. 


THE traveler, though scarcely past 
middle age, was a withered little 
shrub of a man — as thin and 
crooked-backed as if he were seventy. His 
face was angular and wizened. His eyes 
were little, and seemed half closed; his 
mouth was big and amiable. His whole 
countenance gave the impression of sly 
good nature. He was dressed plainly — 
almost shabbily — and carried a long gray 
overcoat across his shoulder. His only 
visible article of luggage was a greasy, 
battered leather satchel, which he handled 
with great care. 

In spite of his decrepit appearance, the 
man proved himself a tireless walker, using 
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ahead at a surprising speed. For more than 
an hour he walked on steadily. All at once 
he heard not far behind him the squeaking 
of a brake and the btmiping of wagon 
wheels uiion the rocky road. A few seconds 
later the Antonio and Fort Stanley stage 
hove into sight 

"Howdy I" shouted the big, red-whiskered 
driver, heartily, pulling up his horses. 

"The same to you, pardner!" The voice 
was surprisingly resonant. 

"Where you bound for?" 

"Next town. How far is it from here?" 

"Well, sir; San Marcial's every bit of 
eight miles— and mighty bad walking in the 
dark. Better jump up here with me! Got 
plenty o' room!" 

"Thanks, pardner, I don't care if I do!" 
Thereupon he swung himself up beside the 
driver with an ease that astonished this 
good-hearted individual. 

"You're powerful spry for an old man !" 
he observed, admiringly. 

The stranger smiled slyly and nodded. 
"To-morrow's the Fourth of July," he mut- 
tered, half to himself. 

"That's right," replied the driver, regret- 
fully. "There'll be big doin's at San Mar- 
cial to-morrow — ^an' it's just my blamed 
luck to have to miss 'em. By George! I'd 
give a dollar just to see the big shoot !" 

His companion seemed mildly interested. 
"A shooting contest?" 

"Sure! The big pistol shoot for the 
championship of the county. There's a cold 
hundred in it for Tim Whitsett. He'll win, 
hands down." 

"I see," observed the stranger, quietly. 

The stage was now descending a ticklish 
grade, and the driver's attention was wholly 
occupied in guiding his horses — so that the 
stranger was left to his own thoughts. He 
shook his head dubiously. San Marcial 
was, perhaps, the last place in which he 
would have expected ever to find himself. 
But this was before the "Royal Amusement 
G)mpany" of San Francisco had been 
stranded. When the crash came, he found 
himself marooned in a little Arizona town 
without even sufficient money to make his 
way back to Phcenix. He had already writ- 
ten to his brother in San Francisco; but 
he knew it would be many days before the 

money could reach him. Besides, his boy 
was at Phcenix. And at the thought of the 
child — ^a little curly-headed rogue of ten — 
the father's eyes grew moist. Inured 
though he was to long absence from his 
boy, he was suddenly seized with a longing 
to see him — to hold him in his arms. But 
as yet this longing seemed cruelly far from 
realization. For as matters now stood the 
man figured that it was at least a hundred 
and fifty miles to Phoenix. And he had 
just three dimes in his pocket. At last he 
had decided to start out for Phcenix on 
foot, hoping that perhaps something might 
turn up. At the moment when the stage 
driver had picked him up he was finishing 
his third day's journey. 

For a long time the man sat absorbed in 
his gloomy thoughts, dreamily watching the 
trees and rocks and bushes as they grew 
shadowy and indistinct in the thickening 
darkness. He was roused at leng^th by the 
hearty voice of the driver. 

"Well, pardner, here we are !" 

As the stage drew up the stranger 
thanked the driver earnestly. The men 
shook hands, and the stranger jumped 
lightly to the ground. . 

"Good luck to you!" called the big'drivcr. 
Then cracking his whip and shouting at his 
wiry, thin-necked sorrels, he sent them 
down the main street of San Marcial at a 
spanking trot. The stranger watched the 
lumbering stage as it pounded away through 
the darkness, and long after it was out of 
sight listened to the rapid clatter of the 
horses' hoofs. Then he looked about him. 
Except for a few stragglers the street was 
deserted. The man deliberated a moment. 
Then he began to walk rapidly down the 
street, continuing his pace until he came to 
a dense patch of brush just outside of the 
town. Plunging into this he found a small 
cleared space where he could not be ob- 
served from the road. He then cut a few 
leafy boughs and spread them on the 
ground. Buttoning his long, heavy over- 
coat closely about him he lay down, and 
was soon fast asleep. 

San Marcial was at its best. From the 
sparsely-settled surrounding country, cow- 
boys and ranchers — many with their wives 
and children — had been straggling in since 

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daylight. Now at noon the street was alive 
with figures. Lounging in front of San 
Marcial's three saloons in evenly-numbered 
groups were about thirty ranchers and 
vaqueros — whites, Mexicans and Indians. 
Nearly as many horses were tethered to the 
scrub oaks at the side of the road. 

The stranger in San Marcial walked 
thoughtfully up the street, and stopped a 
moment before the saloon that looked most 
promising. Then gripping his satchel firmly 
he walked in. The place was crowded with 
noisy, demonstrative fellows. Some were 
drinking at the bar; others were playing 
cards in the back of the room; the rest 
were standing around the big, barrel-shaped 
stove. As the stranger entered there was 
a momentary hush which he could not but 

The loungers gaped at him, sized him up 
critically and looked amused. The bar- 
tender indulged in a smile that was bland, 
politic, almost imperceptible. Those at the 
bar rested their glasses for a short stare. 
Then gradually the stranger became less 
and less an object of interest, until finally 
he was scarcely noticed. 

Reading the signs aright the stranger 
walked up to the bar, and putting down a 
dime quietly ordered a whisky. He swal- 
lowed the fiery stuff with a slight grimace, 
and was about to leave when he heard some 
words at his elbow which caused him to 
keep his place. The talk at his elbow went 
on. And as he listened the lines of his 
good-natured mouth relaxed broadly and 
the bright little eyes twinkled. He whirled 
about, left the saloon, and walked rapidly 
until he came to his resting-place of the 
night before. Placing his satchel carefully 
upon the ground he opened it and took out 
a chamois-covered package. Untying the 
buckskin strings he unwound the chamois- 
skin wrapping until four superb pistols be- 
came visible. They were of the finest 
workmanship, the barrels long and slender. 
Taking the guns up affectionately the 
stranger scrutinized every part. He tested 
the trigger, the cylinder, and the sight. 
Then apparently satisfied, he reloaded each 
chamber carefully, and put the pistols back 
in their wrapping. 

Holding out both hands with the palms 
downward, he regarded them, critically. 
"Steady as a rock 1" he muttered to himself. 
And the little eyes twinkled merrily from 
under their half-closed lids. 

At 2 o'clock an occasional straggler might 
have been seen entering the vacant lot be- 
hind Shield's saloon. By 3 o'clock a crowd 
of two hundred men had gathered there. 
At the far end of the lot were two old 
army targets, freshly painted white, upon 
which the great Shields himself,- chalk in 
hand, was at that moment placing a num- 
ber of concentric circles. A large, crudely- 
lettered placard placed midway between the 
two targets announced that the great pistol 
shot contest for the championship of San 
Marcial County and a prize of $100 in gold 
was to begin at 3:30 — sharp. 

The placard called it a contest. But as a 
matter of fact everybody in San Marcial 
felt pretty certain that there would be only 
one contestant. Pitted against a goodly 
number of men — all more or less noted for 
their prowess with the pistol — ^Tim Whit- 
sett had twice given conclusive proof of his 
superiority. For the last two years he had 
carried off the prize — badly defeating the 
best of his competitors. As defeat seemed 
certain and there was only one prize, no 
one else now cared to enter the lists. But 
then San Marcial considered Whitsett's 
shooting alone worth the seeing. 

The judge of the contest was no other 
than Bob Evans, sheriff of the county. 
Mounting the box which had been set up 
against the back of the saloon to serve as 
the judge's stand, he raised his hand for 
silence : 

"Fellow-citizens, the following contest is 
for the championship of San Marcial G>un- 
ty, and a prize of $100 in gold. It is open 
to all comers. The rules are as follows: 
Each man must empty four six-shooters, 
which are to be drawn from the holsters 
and fired. Two holsters are to be worn at 
the belt and one under each armpit — and 
each brace of pistols is to be put back in 
its holsters before the second brace is fired. 
In deciding the points, the number of shots 
in the target and the time taken to put 
them there will both be counted. I am now 
ready to receive entries." 

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A burly, red-faced rancher slouched out 
of th« crowd, and, stepping up to the sher- 
iff, said something to him. 

"First entry— Tim Whitsctt!" shouted the 
sheriff. The crowd cheered faintly. Whit- 
sett was a bully, and had few friends. 

There was a pause. Then there arose a 
general snicker which gradually swelled to 
a great roar of laughter. A hundred fin- 
gers were pointed at the queer, insignificant 
figure that was now seen approaching the 
judge's stand. Then they began to hoot 
him. It was the stranger. With his loose 
coat removed his thinness and dwarf-like 
stature, were ludicrously accentuated. 
Pausing a moment he drew from his pocket 
a large pair of glasses, wiped them care- 
fully, and placed them upon his nose. At 
this move the risibilities of the crowd burst 
otit anew — and the stranger was saluted 
with cries of "Grandpa !" "Humpy !" Ap- 
parently oblivious of the noisy ridicule that 
his appearance had provoked, he spoke a 
few words to the sheriff. 

Then the latter, struggling vainly with 
his countenance, announced, with gusto: 
"Second entry — Henry Jason, of San Fran- 

Whitsett was laughing immoderately. 
As soon as he succeeded in reducing his 
mirth to a very broad smile he took his 
place on the mark. 

"Ready!" called the sheriff, watch in 
hand. "Fire!" 

Whitsett's hands swept swiftly, almost 
mechanically, to the holsters. The red- 
sleeved arms came to an incredible quick 
level and stiffened. Six double reports 
sounded — and a sprinkling of black spots 
showed on the white surface of the target. 
Still smoking, the empty pistols were 
flashed into their holsters. Then both 
hands flew upward, touched for an instant 
the shoulders, and shot out again. There 
was a bright gleam of steel — and again 
came six rapid double reports. Whitsett 
shoved the pistols quickly into the shoulder 
holsters and swaggered into the back- 
ground. The sheriff ran down to the tar- 
get, counted the shots, and made a note of 
the result. Then he returned and mounted 
the box. 

"Score of Tim Whitsett! Time: Thir- 
teen seconds. Target score: Four in the 
bull's eye, nine in the first ring, six in the 
second, five in the third. This breaks the 
time record and target record made by Mr. 
Whitsett last year." 

The crowd responded but faintly. It 
hated to see Whitsett win. 

Jason's face was stem and immovable as 
he took his position. The laugh that had 
started among the crowd died away invol- 
untarily. Whitsett's face alone wore an 
expansive smile of contempt. After all the 
crowd had begun to think that there was 
something inscrutably cool and business- 
like about this little misshapen tender- 

Jason's eyes were fixed alertly upon the 
target. At the word "Fire !" the blue, dam- 
askeened pistols leaped so swiftly into his 
skinny fingers that the spectators could not 
follow the movement with their eyes. They 
saw only a flashing double crescent of steel. 
Then, before any one had comprehended 
what was happening both pistols were 
whirling high in the air. San Marcial held 
its breath. In a moment the pistols had 
descended, and twelve reports rang out so 
rapidly that they seemed to blend into six. 
With a quick twist the wonderful little 
stranger sent the guns into their holsters. 
Again, almost before the thoroughly- 
amazed crowd knew what was taking place, 
a new pistol glistened in each of Jason's 
hands. This time only one pistol flew into 
the air — and as it whirled in the sunlight, 
the magician discharged the other twice in 
lightning-like succession. Then, deftly 
catching the descending pistol, he emptied 
both guns with incredible rapidity and 
seemingly without aim. Returning the pis- 
tols to their holsters with some quickness, 
he leaned coolly against the judge's box, hia 
face as inscrutable as ever. 

Then San Marcial went wild. They did 
not wait for the scorce — they knew good 
shooting when they saw it. They liked a 
man, moreover, and appreciated one— even 
if he did happen to be a tenderfoot. Whit- 
sett, with a scowl of rage on his bloated 
face, slunk into the crowd. He knew that 
he was beaten — ^knew that San Marcial re- 
joiced in his defeat. 

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The sheriff hurried across the lot and 
examined the target. As he once more 
mounted the box the silence was profound. 

"Score of Henry Jason, San Francisco. 
Time : Eleven and one-half seconds. Tar- 
get score: Seven in the bull's eye, twelve 
in the first ring, five in the second. Which 
breaks all records !" The sheriff drew him- 
self up to his full heart, and as soon as 
the shouts and cheers of the crowd had 
subsided, went on: "As sheriff of this 
county and in behalf of my fellow citizens, 
I want to apologize, Mr. Jason, for the 
shabby way we treated you. And I want 
to congratulate you, Mr. Jason, on the fin- 
est handling of shooting irons ever seen in 
Arizona!" Thereupon he handed Jason 
five shining twenties. 

Jason pocketed them with murmured 
thanks, bowed low to the crowd, and re- 
paired at once to the saloon where, sur- 
rounded by an admiring group of citizens, 
he cleaned and polished his pistols until the 
blue, damaskeened barrels fairly sparkled. 
This done he replaced them carefully in 
their wrapping. 

"Good day, gents," he said, evenly, and 
left the saloon. 

That night Henry Jason, lately of the 
Royal Amusement Company— but better 
known to a few seekers after curious in- 
formation as the champion trick pistol shot 
of the world— lay back contently in the big, 
padded seat of the south-bound Antonio 
and Fort Stanton stage. His right hand 
rested lightly upon the handle of a greasy, 
battered little satchel. His left hand was 
hidden— but from the ample folds of his 
gray overcoat came the faint, yet unmis- 
takable clink of double eagles. Out of the 
darkness he seemed to see a curly-headed 
little rogue coming breathlessly to meet 
him. And as he meditated dreamily upon 
the pleasant illusion, a happy wistful smile 
played about his lips. — By Julian Joseph- 
son, in San Francisco Argonaut. 

lANTY" BURNS was a stubby, 
muscular Scotch-Irish youth, 
who had risen from the position 
of engine wiper and fireman to that of hos- 
tler at Raymer, a division station on the 


D. K. & S. Railroad, a line on the south 
shore of Lake Superior. 

His striking traits were quick and a re- 
markable capacity for work. His good 
name bade fair to bring him early promo- 
tion, when a grave mishap — ^the collision of 
the engine which he was bringing from the 
house, with a stock train — forced him from 
the company's service. 

He searched for work at once, for he had 
an only sister at school in Duluth, and she 
depended on him for support. 

Thus he happened to be the guest of the 
crew in the caboose of Logger No. 4, com- 
ing down Tortoise Mountain on a brisk 
October morning. There were "frost whis- 
kers" on the rails of that branch track, and 
a fog enveloped the low ground at Gooman 
on the main line. 

The position and condition of the trains 
in the vicinity at 7 o'clock that morning 
were apparently normal; fifteen minutes 
later more than one train was in peril. 

Up on Tortoise Mountain, Logger No. 4 
was overpowering its big engine, as they 
went downward over the greasy rails at an 
alarming pace. Long-bodied, squatty, with 
ten low drivers under her, presenting un- 
usual breadth of the tire surface to the 
rails, the heavy engine was holding back 
with all her power. But nineteen cars of 
green logs, on such slippery steel as lay 
under her that morning, could not be held. 
Faster and faster the long, snake-like train 
pushed downwards, whipping and rocking 
around the falling curves in a hissing, 
drumming turmoil of noise. 

Seth Johnson, at the throttle, grew earn- 
est, then pale. He set the air-brakes. With 
a clanking heave the train slackened speed ; 
then a valve-rod under the first car snapped, 
and with a lurch the heavy train plunged 

Johnson had the air brakes set on the 
engine, the sand pipes spouting on the frost, 
and the drivers turning backwards, but the 
mighty machine went downward over the 
crystal smoothness like a toboggan. 

Back in the "dinky" caboose there was a 
panic Sid Turner, conductor, and his two 
brakemen were shouting half-heard things 
at one another. 

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"Go out ahead and set the hand brakes!" 
commanded Turner. 

The br^.keman looked down the line of 
swaying, jostling, plunging loads and flatly 

"Banty" Burns got up from his seat. He 
was moved by two thoughts — first and 
strongest, the thought that it was a shame 
to sit still and let things go to destruction 
without trying to prevent it; secondly, 
"Banty" reflected that if he should succeed 
he would probably not have to continue to 
look for work. 

In his brown eyes burned a kind of fire. 
"I'm going over ahead to help Johnson!" 
he said. "I'll twist up the brakes as I go. 
If you fellows are scared, you can pull the 
pin and cut the caboose loose; but if I 
were you, Sid, I'd stay with my train!" 

That was all. He jumped upon the first 
car, and began to clamber over the heaped- 
up logs, setting the brakes as he went, but 
the wheels slipped on the icy rails like sled 

"Banty" soon had to crawl along the logs 
on his hands and knees, clutching fast like 
a shaken insect. 

Hearing a snarling rip of sound, he 
glanced around and saw the caboose snap 
like a whip-cracker against a stony bank 
and burst open. In an instant it was lost 
to view, and downward the train roared, 
scorning the brakes. 

When "Banty," hatless and with bleeding 
fingers, at last tumbled over the tender, he 
found the cab empty. Johnson and the fire- 
man had jtmiped. 

He leaned out of the window. Should 
he, too, abandon the runaway? The noise 
of the train was like thunder, shot through 
with snarling hiss of sliding brakes and 
wheels. The rocking of the engine was 

"If she stays on the rails and has two or 
three miles of clear sailing on the main 
line, I'll get her under control," thought 

His teeth were set hard, and his face was 
drawn. As the engine rushed into the 
more open ground, "Banty" swung over to 
the fireman's window and looked out. 

Away below him wavered the main line 
track, and — on it was the express, making 

Could he get out onto the main line 
ahead of her? As he gazed, a picture of 
the ground near the switch flashed into 
view — he saw the sharp curve of the branch 
track as it met the maintrack, and the next 
extension of the branch track in a safety 
spur, for nearly a quarter of a mile parallel 
with the main line. Should he go on the 
safety spur, or take the hazard of getting 
on the main line ahead of the express. 

Just then he saw an engine coming 
swiftly from the east. 

His face turned deadly white. 

That engine must be moving on a cross 
order, or running away, for it would crash 
into the express, seemingly, a half mile 
west of the switch. 

He seized the whistle-grip and called for 
the switch to be thrown; he would meet 
the engine rushing from the east, himself. 
His was only a single life — there were 
many on the express. 

Like a thunderbolt, the logger went down 
to strike the engine. All the way "Banty" 
clung among the levers like a spider to a 
wind-tossed web, sounding the whistle for 
the switch to open. 

The switchman could not see the run- 
away engine, owing to a curving cut, and 
the express was still three-fourths of a mile 
away. He hesitatingly obeyed the whistled 
signal, and turned the switch. 

With her engine screaming and her loads 
reeling in a cloud of dust, the logger burst 
over the frogs upon the main track. The 
wild engine was not two hundred feet away, 
and "Banty," seeing the deed was done, 
jumped into the gangway and leaped, feet 
foremost, into the air. 

"Banty" awoke at the hospital at Ray- 
mer. When the officials heard his story, 
several mysterious things were made clear ; 
one was, that he had risked his own life in 
order to save the express and its human 

Six months later "Banty" was running 
an engine between Raymer and Duluth. — 
By Granville Osborne, in The Little 

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into the caboose of the west- 
bound freight, a slip of yellow 
paper in his hand. He removed his slicker, 
shook the rain from his cap, filled and lit 
his pipe, and sat down. 

"Mulligan," he said, addressing the red- 
haired flagman who sat on the opposite 
side of the caboose, "Mulligan, was you in- 
tendin' to go up to Magnolia to-morrow 
on 17?" 

"Sure I was," replied Mulligan. "Why?" 

"Oh, nothin', only you ain't goin'. 
Track's washed out from Mineral Hill 
clear up to Red Oak. This train won't 
leave the sidin' to-night, Johnny." 

"Oh, mamma," wailed the flagman, "An' 
I promised me girl I'd be up for sure. 
Ain't that tough luck, now?" 

"Oh, I don't know, Johnny. Worse 
things than that might happen. Railroad 
men have no business to be makin' prom- 
ises, anyway." 

The two brakemen filed in with the en- 
gineer and fireman and the entire crew was 
seated in the warm caboose. 

"Say, these March floods is awful," be- 
gan Collins, the head brakeman. "Just lis- 
ten to it a-rainin', would you? I never 
seen so much water since I was down to 
the seashore three years ago. This is cer- 
tainly tough." 

'Tough? I've seen tougher," said Sheri- 
dan. "Did I ever tell you fellows about 
the time when I was telegraph operator, 
back home?" 

"You never told me nuthin', Chris," said 
Mulligan. "All you ever told me was to 
take my flag and get out." 

"Well, it's a kind of a queer story, an' I 
s'pose you won't believe it. but it's on the 
level, all right. 

"I was night man at Hamilton's Sidin'. 
There was nothin' there but the telegraph 
ofiice, an' nob,idy to talk to exceptin' the 
railroad men that came in. It was pretty 
lonesome at first, but I got used to that. I 
was glad to have the job, for I needed all 
the money I could get. My father had just 
died, my brother had been sick all winter, 
and I had to support my mother an' my 
two little sisters besides, so it kept me 

hustlin'. Well, about fifteen miles east of 
Hamilton's was Anderson's Sidin'. The 
operator there was a fellow by name of 
Davis — Billy Davis. We used to talk to 
each other over the wire, so we wouldn't 
fet sleepy. 

"About half-way between Hamilton's and 
Anderson's was a little creek called Mill 
Run. It wasn't much of a stream, and 
the bridge over it wasn't much of a bridge, 
either, but they ran heavy freights and pas- 
sengers over it, and there had never been 
any trouble. But when the March floods 
came — let's see; it was twenty — ^twenty- 
five years ago this month — well, when the 
floods came, that creek carried on like a 
young Mississippi. The track was in pretty 
bad condition all along the line, an' all the 
trains was late. 

"Well, I went to work one night, as 
usual, and along about nine o'clock I got to 
feelin' creepy. I got so nervous I didn't 
know what I was doin'. I kept lookin' over 
me shoulder like a six-year-old kid goin' 
through a graveyard, and I couldn't guess 
what was the matter with me. 

"I tried to shake it oflf, but it was no use. 
So about ten o'clock I thought I would 
have a talk with Billy, an' I called him up. 

"I didn't have nothin' in particular to say 
to him, so I started by sayin', 'Hello, Bill' 
'Hello, Christ,' he said. 'How are you?' 

"Well, I tried to answer him, but I 
couldn't. I can't tell you how it was, boys, 
but I just couldn't It seemed like some- 
body was holdin' me back. I didn't know 
what in thunder was the matter, but I made 
one final effort. I was goin' to tell Bill 
that I was ail right, and so on, but this was 
what I really said : 'Mill Run bridge down. 
Hold 29.' 

"I had no more intention of saying that 
than I had of declarin' myself the king of 
Spain, but the message was off, an' I 
couldn't get it back. 29 had been reported 
two hours an' forty minutes late, but she 
was three hours overdue then. You can 
imagine how Billy must have hustled down 
the track with the red bug. I tried to call 
him up again, an' tell him it was all a mis- 
take, but it was too late. 

"I thought I would sure be fired, for I 
had made two or three blunders before that, 

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and I had been told that if I made another 
there would be room for a new operator at 
Hamilton's Sidin*. 

"Well, pretty soon there was a call on 
the wire. Bill Davis was at the other end. 

"'Christ,' he says, 'I stopped her just in 

" 'God Almighty, man !' I says, 'you don't 
mean to say that Mill Run bridge really is 
down, do you?' 

'"What's the matter with you, Chris?' 
he says. 'You reported it, an' now you 
seem surprised to hear about it. Sure it's 
down, an' down proper, too. If you had 
been one minute later with your message 
they'd be fishin' dead men out of Mill Run 
to-morrow momin'.' 

"An' he told the truth, too." 

"Well," said Mulligan. "That's a good 
story, Chris, whether it's true or not. But 
how did you know the bridge was down? 
How can you explain that?" 

"I was just comin' to that, Johnny. This 
is how some of the railroad boys explained 
it to me. I don't know whether this part 
is true or not, but I will tell it to you as it 
was told to me. 

"It seems there was an engineer by name 
of Tommy Anderson, that used to live at 
Anderson's Sidin'. He had a daughter 
named Julia, an' she was a first-class 

"TTie regular operator was taken sick 
pretty sudden one night, an' this Julia, she 
volunteered to take his place. 

"Well, there was a rear end collision, just 
above Anderson's, around the curve. The 
flagman's leg was broken, an' he was hurt 
inside, but he knowed the flyer was due, 
an' he tried his best to get back an' flag 
her. He got as far as the telegraph oflice 
an' told Julie Anderson about the wreck, 
an' then he died. 

"Julie grabbed a lantern an' ran down 
the track, for she could see the flyer's head- 
light already. She stopped the train all 
right, but she stumbled an' fell right in 
front of the engine, an' when they picked 
her up she was dead. 

"Her sweetheart was runnin' the flyer 
that night, too, an' they said it near drove 
him insane to think that his engine had 
killed Julie Anderson. 

"An' the fellows said that her spirit is 
with the operators and trainmen in time of 
trouble, an' they said that she dictated the 
message that I sent to Billy Davis that 

"Well, I didn't want to work in a place 
like that, so I quit. 

"There's my story ; believe it or knock it, 
just as you please, but it's my opinion that 
Julie Anderson saved 29 from goin' into 
Mill Run." 

Mulligan laughed incredulously. The 
two brakemen looked serious. Then the 
engineer, Fred Campbell, took his pipe 
from his mouth and spoke for the first time. 

"You fellows don't believe what Chris 
said, but it's true, every word of it. 

"Chris Sheridan is not the only one that 
can tell of mysterious messages sent or re- 
ceived, messages telling of wrecks and 
wash-outs and other dangers, before the 
news could reach the office. 

"Julie Anderson saved the train the night 
she died, and she has saved a good many 
since then. 

"Oh, you nedn't look over your shoulder, 
Jim Collins. There's nothing to see." — By 
Lybia M. Dunham in Railroad Trainmen's 


NOW that the cow-puncher is gone, 
there is no more picturesque type 
of the bold and reckless man, liv- 
ing a full-blooded natural life, and doing 
real things as a matter of course, than a 
certain type of railroad men. Different 
from the puncher in that the "rail" lives his 
life in the midst of an alien world, in com- 
plete aloofness from the hum-drum round 
of every-day life. Truly the "rail" is a 
man, and generally a big and strong one 
mentally and physically, with, like most big 
and strong beings, a dash of the unspoiled 
child in his make-up. 

The laughing slang of this argot bears 
witness of his "frolic welcome" to his un- 
believably bitter hardships, but the grim 
spirit he draws upon to fulfill his task has 
nothing of a boy, but is all man, and a 
strong man at that. 

One of the most characteristic of these 
interesting rovers is a certain "George the 

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Moose," employed on one of the great 
wheat roads out of the Twin Cities. Six 
feet two inches UU, broad shouldered, with 
long sinewy arms, and his face lean and 
square jawed, his vigor and courage are 
the means of preventing a fatal end to his 
numerous dare-devil escapades, ranging 
from fierce combats with outlaws of the 
Scrawford type to "pinches" between box- 
cars. The following is the story of one of 
his trips, told in nearly his own words, and 
considered worth telling, by him, because 
he had so much fun on the trip described. 
In explanation, it may be said that since a 
certain horrible crime committed by two 
negroes at Little Falls, Minn., the men on 
the road out of the Twin Cities have sworn 
relentless war on negro hoboes, in contrast 
to their usual charitable attitude toward the 
down and out fraternity. 

"We get out of Hadleyberg about lo a. m. 
with 1,200 tons of manifest copper, silk and 
cedar lumber. Straight Air Jimmy was 
pulling us. Say, ain't he the bad guy with 
his air, though? But me, oh my, that eagle 
eye certainly knows how to wheel box cars. 
He has the caboose dancing a jig before we 
was past the mile board, and the way he 
wheels them over the hill and down that 
seventeen mile grade into Morris Junction 
was a delight to the homesick. I'm on the 
engine and keeps rubbering back, going 
around curves, and has several passengers 
Slotted, so when we pulls up at the water 
Link I says to the smoke agent: 'There is a 
couple of side door tourists back there. I'll 
get you a coal passer and you open the 
gates when we head in, see,' and he says: 
'Sure, Mike, all the time.' He is a good 
lad, that Tommy, and an artist with the 
scoop. I goes back and butts into a sickly- 
looking guy, and asks him: 'Do you want 
a ride? Gallop up on the back of the tender 
and stay there, see, and when the bake head 
goes shy on the diamonds you ladle it 
down to him, sc' And I points his snoot 
towards the engine. 

"By this time the captain comes over with 
orders and as we have nothing to pick up. 
I knows I am lined up for supper under my 
own mahogany, and a shut eye in my own 
bed, and goes down the line, scouting for 
boes, care-free like. The first traveler I 

strikes is a boy who is on the rocks and 
pointing for home. So I jest tells him to 
keep his nut out of sight, and goes on about 
four. cars. Here's meat; two shines on a 
lumber flat. 'Be on out of that, make no 
delay,' says I. One of them he starts telling 
about being a good nigger and a whole lot 
more. He's still talking when I heaves 
him out into the climate. Then I bids the 
other Congo sport farewell and tosses him 
out, too. He lights on his back and rolls 
considerable, but as we was only pulling 
out of the yard about six miles he don't 
get hurt none. But this time old Straight 
Air is out of the yard limits and whalin' it 
to her right, and I knows I has got to un- 
load the gang quick if I want to get them 
off without breaking their necks. Pretty 
soon I locates a couple on the brake rods, 
and when the hind man comes over I 
swings him out of the side door, me hold- 
ing him by the hands and he takes a pike 
at them. 'There dinges,' says he. 'AH right,' 
says I, "boot them into a lump.' And he 
starts to fill the moochers' pants full of 
boots. The 1)oe' stands it noble for a while, 
but finally rolls out, and the way that skunk 
plowed up the cinders with the back of his 
neck was the worst ever. I laft until I 
near dropped my pal. The next collection 
we makes is on an empty coal flat, one with 
high sideboards, you know. There is a 
couple of white bums on board, and I was 
not going to put them off at all, but I says 
to one just to pass the word like, 'What arc 
you traveling on, cullie?' Then one of thc^c 
fresh moochers ruffles up his feathers and 
says : 'Me face,' ugly like. 'Yer transporta- 
tion is expired,' says I, and slams him a 
jolt on the jaw. He goes down and out. 

"We's wheeling about forty per by this 
time and I couldn't ditch them, so I backs 
the other foxy guy up in the corner, and 
tells him that if he don't quit conveyance at 
the next stop, I'll flatten him out and give 
him to the fire boy for a seat cushion. 

"We stays on the flat until we slows up 
to head in for the limited, and when we 
i;, in the clear, one the siding with about ten 
minutes before she shows up, my pal and 
me goes prognosticating around. I'll be 
darned if the first thing we strikes ain't the 
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ris Junction. They's caught the train again 
without us getting wise. They was on the 
rods again and when Straight Air pulls out 
•n the main after the varnishes had gone, 
we gets ready for them. 

"I waits until we are going so fast that 
I can just about get on again and leaps off, 
grabs Mr. Douglass by the foot and yanks 
him out, gives him a boost in the slats and 
rolls him down the bank. The other war- 
rior is healed for gore, however, and comes 
out of his hole like a rat out of a sewer, 
with blood in his eye and a shiny razor in 
his mit. He is coming down on me and I 
was just bracing myself to leap in and 
Mnash him right, as the best way of getting 
out of the scrap all in one piece, when my 
pal whose running up, slams him over the 
head with a board. The plank breaks in 
about four million, one hundred and ninety- 
two thousand pieces, but the only effect on 
the gentleman with the cannon-ball head is 
to swerve him off from me. He never 
slacks up at all ; on the contrary, he lets out 
about six notches and by the time he is off 
the right-of-way he has got the limited's 
time skun to a finish. 

" 'Hully Gee,' says mf pal, "that guy don't 
need no ride ; he'll beat us to town as it is.' 
And I g^uess that's right, because we never 
overtakes him. 

"By this time the caboose is only five 
cars away, and going sonic, so I leaps in, 
grabs a hand holt, and slams up against 
the side of the car, we're going so fast, but 
I gets on board all right and pikes over to 
the engine. I thinks we had the rattlers 
about dry of boes, but I hears a noise in a 
box car as I' going over, and swings in the 
end door. There is six dagoes squatting in 
the end. 'Tickets, please,' says I. 'Have 
your tickets ready,' but they only looks un- 
easy and says nothing. I waves my hand 
emphatic, and tells them to hit the grit, but 
never a chirp. F"inally one little runt, he 
commences to chew up atmosphere and 
spitted out in a kind of whiny sing-song. 
Seeing the ignorant being I had to deal 
with I resorts to signs and goes through the 
motions of throwing a man out, have to 
vacate their state rooms as soon as possible. 
That's all I can do while we are fanning 
along so very speedy. 

"Then I points ahead and as I climbs 
through the empty coal flat, sees the two 
white guys is still there. The one I wallops, 
his face is swelled up like a blue plum, and 
he is very peaceful, but his side kicker 
snarls like a wolf. I did not want to hurt 
him, but I wasn't going to have no impu- 
dence, so I makes a slap at him and tells 
him to cheer up or I'll knock the plaster 
off his slats. I makes up my mind that 
he'll hit the grit at the next stop, which is 
a blind siding, seven miles from nowhere, 
where we is to head in for the west-bound 
local. When we gets there I goes back 
and looks them up. They're inside with the 
dagoes now and I thinks, 'holdup,' and get- 
ting my pal scrambles into the car, but 
they're all quiet. I Ukes the well one and 
tells him 'unload, be on your way.' He 
snarls some more, but doesn't move. 'See 
here,' says I, 'you have been about numer- 
ous enough around here. If you don't want 
to get mussed up, get off, make no delay.' 

"He makes a move towards his hip 
pocket, but I grabs him by the shoulder, 
trips him up, kicks him out, and leaps out 
after him before he has time to complete 
his actions. When he is on the ground I 
get right after him and never stops until he 
is rolling down a ten-foot embankment. I 
catches sight of the butt of the gun in his 
hip pocket every time he rolls over. 

"My pal has the guy with the bum nnig 
corralcd and leads him out to his friend in 
distress. While this is going on the local 
has gone by. They has a light train and 
is tripping along a pretty good hickory, so 
they don't see none of this combat. Be- 
fore it is time for any more developments, 
the fire boy has opened the switch and we 
was pulling out. So we ducks between the 
cars, before the guy in the ditch can turn 
loose with his artillery, but he never makes 
a try and we gets the switch closed and 
hikes out. I goes ahead then, plants myself 
on the front end of the fire boy's seat box, 
and takes it easy the rest of the way in. 

"The way that old Straight Air Jimmy 
chases these rattlers down the line to Mot- 
ley was certainly the real thing. We leaves 
Saxville thirteen minutes ahead of No. 4 
and goes to town ahead of her. How is 
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wants to do, though. The fire boy wants to 
eat his l«inch so I takes her for a while, 
and say, it is all I want all righty. We gets 
in and puts our train away about an hour 
ago. Have one before supper? Sorry! 
Well, so long." — Minneapolis Times. 



, HE law," said Colonel Baggs, as 
he put his feet on the desk in 
the judge's private chambers, 
"is the perfection of human reason." 

The jury had been given a ten minutes' 
recess while the bailiff went after a human 
skeleton which the medical expert in the 
case on trial ,had forgotten to bring from 
his office, and which he declared to be neces- 
sary in order to enable him to show to the 
jury just how the plaintiff was injured. 
Colonel Baggs had objected to the introduc- 
tion of the skeleton as buncombe, meant to 
affect the jury by creating an atmosphere of 
horror by extrinsic evidence. Jim Bullock 
for the plaintiff, was just beginning to saw 
the air in irrepressible passion at this in- 
sult, when the Court cut him off by saying 
that the matter would be ruled on when the 
exhibit was offered, and gave the jury a 

The lawyers retired to the back room to 
smoke with the judge — who had wanted a 
cigar when he sent the jury out. Mr. Bul- 
lock offered the Colonel a perfecto, and, his 
passion cooled, put his feet up beside those 
of his antagonist' 

"I've heard that somewhere before," said 
he in reply to the Colonel's remark; "but 
from your ideas on contributory negligence 
and assumption of risk, I didn't suppose 
you had . What makes you so cheerful and 
optimistic as to our noble profession? 
Court been sustaining you somewhere ?" 

"I just got a decision over in Nebraska," 
said the Colonel, "in the case of Whinnery 
vs. the C. & S. W. It shows that Provi- 
dence is still looking out for the righteous 
man and his seed. Never heard of Whin- 
nery vs. the railway company? Well, it 
may put you wise to a legal principle or 
two, Jim, and I'll tell you about it. I was 
ag'in' the corporations over there, as asso- 
ciate counsel for the plaintiff. Bob Fink, 
that studied in my office, was the fellow 

the case belonged to, and he being a little 
afraid of Absalom Scales, the railroad's 
local attorney, sent over a Macedonian wail 
to me, and said we'd cut up a 50 per cent 
contingent fee if we won. I went 

"Amelia Whinnery was the plaintiff. 
She was a school teacher who had got hold 
of the physical culture graft, and was teach- 
ing it to teachers' institutes, making $40 a 
minute the year around." 

"How much?" asked the judge. 

"I'm telling you what the record showed 
as I remember it," said the Colonel. "We 
proved that she was doing right well finan- 
cially when the railroad put her out of busi- 
ness by failing to ring a bell or toot a whis- 
tle at the crossing coming into Tovala, and 
catching Bill Williams' bus asleep at the 
switch. Miss Whinnery was in thfc bus. 
When it was all over, she was in pretty fair 
shape — " 

"Naturally, being a physical culturist," 
interpolated Jim Bullock. 

"Excepting that her nerves had got some 
kind of a shock and she was robbed per- 
manently of the power of speech. On the 
trial she sat in the court room in a close- 
fitting dress, wearing a picture hat, and 
would give a dumb sort of gurgle when 
Scales would pitch into her case, as if to 
protest at being so cruelly assaulted while 
defenseless. It was pathetic. 

"Bob Fink shed tears, while he pictured 
to the jury in his opening, the agony of this 
beautiful girl set off from her kind for life, 
as the preponderance, the clear preponder- 
ance of the evidence showed she would be, 
by dumbness — 'an affliction, gentlemen of 
the jury, which seals her lips forever as to 
the real facts, and stops the reply she could 
otherwise make to the dastardly attack of 
my honorable and learned friend, the attor- 
ney for this public-service corporation, 
which has been clothed with the power to 
take- away your land, gentlemen of the jury, 
or mine, whether we want to sell it or not, 
and to rob us of our produce by its extor- 
tionate freight rates, and to run its trains 
into and through our cities, and over our 
busses, and to maim and injure our ladies, 
and bring them before juries of their peers, 
who, unless I mistake, will administer a 
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a soul to save or a body to kick, in the only 
way in which it can be made to feel a re- 
buke — in damages, out of that surplus of 
tainted dollars which its evil and illegal 
practices have wrung from the hard hands 
of toO as represented by the farmers and 
laborers who so largely compose this 
highly-intelligent jury." 

"Bob was good until the other side had 
the reporter begin to take his speech down, 
so as to show appeals to passion and preju- 
dice — and then he hugged the record dose. 
The plaintiff sobbed convulsively. Bob 
stopped and swallowed, knowing that the 
reporter couldn't get the sobs and swallows 
into the record. The jurors blew their 
noses and glared at Scales and the claim 
agent. I went over to the plaintiff and gave 
her a drink of water, and would have liked 
to take her in my arms and comfort her, 
but didn't." 

'Too bad !" remarked Jim Bullock. 

"Well," went on Colonel Baggs, "the 
jury found for us in about three hours for 
the full amount, $10,000. They would have 
agreed earlier, only they waited so the State 
would have to pay for their suppers. A 
judgment was rendered on the verdict, and 
the railroad appealed. All this time Bob 
was getting more and more tender toward 
the plaintiff. I didn't think much about it 
until cards came for their wedding. I sent 
Bob an assignment of my share in the ver- 
dict for a wedding present — if we ever get 
it. Amelia promised to love, honor and 
cherish by nodding her head, and walked 
away from the altar with her most graceful 
physical culture gait, while the boys outside 
with their shivaree instruments ready for 
the evening, sang in unison: 'Here comes 
the bride! Get on to her stride!' It was 
a recherche affair — but excessively quiet 
nuptials on the bride's side. 

"That evening Absalom Scales got in the 
finest piece of work that was ever pulled 
off in any lawsuit in Nebraska. The bridal 
-party went away over the C. & S. W. 
Omaha limited, and Amelia and Bob were 
there looking as fine as fiddles — Amelia a 
picture, they said, in her going-away gown. 
Scales had fixed up for a crowd of hood- 
lams to shivaree them as they went." 

"Mighty mean trick, I should say," said 
Jim Bullock, "for any one but a corporation 

"Wait, son," protested the Colonel, "until 
you are so far advised in the premises as 
to be able to judge whether the end didn't 
justify the means; and there may be hopes 
for your being a corporation attorney your- 
self some day. In addition to the horse 
fiddle and bells and horns, Absalom had ar- 
ranged some private theatricals. He had 
plugged up a deal by which Bill Williams, 
the bus man — who'd sold out and was going 
to Oregon anyway — come bursting into the 
waiting room while they were waiting for 
the train — which was held at the water tank 
by Scales' procurement and covin — and pre- 
sented a bill for the damages to his bus 
by the accident which had hurt Amelia's 
oratorical powers. You see, he'd never 
been settled with, being clearly negligent. 
They tried to get off in Amelia's case on 
the doctrine of imputed negligence, but it 
wouldn't stick. 

"Well, Bill comes in with his claim 
against Amelia and Bob for two or three 
hundred dollars for his bus. They disdain- 
fully gave him the ha-ha. 

" 'Then,' says Bill Williams, 'I will tell all, 
woman !' 

"Amelia flushed, and looked inquiringly 
at Bob. Bob walked up to Bill and hissed : 
'What do you mean, you hound, by insult- 
ing my wife in this way?' 

"'She knows what I mean,' yelled Bill, 
turning on Amelia. 'Ask your wife what 
she an' I was talkin' about when we was 
a-crossing the track that time. Ask her if 
she didn't say to me that I was the per- 
fec'ly perportioned physical man, an' 
whether I didn't think that men an' women 
of sech proportions should mate; an' if she 
didn't make goo-goo eyes at me, ontil I 
stuck back my head to kiss her, an' whether 
she wasn't a-kissin' me when that freight 
came a pirootin' down an' run over her 
talkin' apparatus ! Ask her if she didn't say 
she could die a-kissin' me, an' if she didn't 
come danged near doin' it !' 

"Well, Bob Fink was, from all accounts, 
perfectly flabbergasted. There stood Bill 
Williams in his old dogskin coat and a cap 
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the fair plaintiff, turning redder and redder 
and panting louder and louder as the enor- 
mity of the thing grew upon her. And then 
she turned loose. 

"She began doubling up her fists and 
stamping her feet, and finally she burst 
forth into oratory of the most impassioned 

" 'Robert Fink !' she said, as quoted in the 
motion for a re<^ening of the case that 
Scales filed — 'Robert Fink, will you stand 
by like a coward and jee me insulted ? Thit 

miserable tramp— a perfect . If you 

don't kill him, / will. I kiss him? / ask 
him such a thing? Bob Fink, do you expect 
me to go with you and leave such an insult 
unavenged? No, no, no, no ' 

"I guess she'd have gone on stringing 
negatives together as long as the depot 
would have held 'em, if Bob hadn't noticed 
Ike Witherspoon, the shorthand reporter, 
diligently taking down her speech and the 
names of those present. Then he twigged, 
and, hastily knocking Bill down, he boarded 
the train with Amelia. He wired me from 
Fremont that it was all off with the judg- 
ment, as they'd tormented Mrs. Fink into 
making a public speech. I answered, col- 
lect, bidding him be as happy as he could 
in view of the new-found liberty of speech 
and of the press, and I'd look after the 
judgment and the appeal." 

"Well," said Bullock, "of course you got 
licked in the Supreme Court. It was clear 
proof that she'd been shamming." 

"You're about as near right on that as 
you are on the case at bar," retorted the 
Colonel. "Just about. The law is the per- 
fection of human reason. The jury had 
found that Amelia Whinnery couldn't speak, 
and never would be able to. A jury had 
rendered a verdict to that effect, and judg- 
ment for $10,000 had been entered upon it. 
I merely pointed out to the Supreme Court 
that they could consider errors in the record 
only, and that it was (he grossest sort of 
pettifogging and ignorance of the law for 
Absalom Scales to come in and introduce 
such an impertinence as evidence — ^after the 
evidence was closed — that the fair plaintiff 
hRd been shamming and was, in fact, a very 
free-spoken lady. TIiC bench saw the over- 
irawering logic of this, and read my author- 

ities, and Bob and Amelia will henceforth 
live in the best house in their to\Yn, built 
out of the C. & S. W. surplus — ^and Amelia 
talking sixteen hours a day. It's locally re- 
garded as a good joke on the railroad. And 
now the rattling of the bones of that skele- 
ton and the tapping of the bailiff on the 
door admonish us that I must resume the 
herculean struggle to prevent my client from 
being mulcted by your infernal machina- 
tions. Come on back to the court room." — 
Saturday Evening Post. 


^^T RECKON," said Emerson, the milk- 

I man, seated on the edge of the post 

•*■ office porch, with his legs dangling 

— "I reckon they'll have the 'lectric road up 

here by Christmas." 

"An' I reckon they won't," said Randolph, 
the stage driver, with deliberation. "I 
reckon they won't, because they can't get 
up here without a right o' way and they 
haven't got any right o' way yet." 

"Ah, but they have, Sam," said Jorgen- 
son, the postmaster and storekeeper, break- 
ing into the conversation. "They've got the 
right o' way through the big vineyard — got 
it yesterday. I'm sorry for you, Sam, be- 
cause you won't have anybody to haul up 
from the railroad after the trolley cars start 
runnin', but what's the use o' kickin'?" the 
postmaster concluded with a comprehensive 
wink at the entire company. 

The stage driver arose, dusted the seat of 
his trousers with his open hand, and walked 
toward his waiting vehicle. 

"Don't you worry about me. Bill," he said, 
"an' don't go to makin' any bets on the 
'lectric comin' up here because they've got 
a right o' way through the big vineyard. If 
you'll scratch your head, an' get your 
thinkin' apparatus in order, you'll remember 
there's a little old ten-acre apricot grove 
just this side gf the 'wash,' and they ain't 
got a right o' way through that. And who 
<loes that little old ten-acre patch belong to, 
hey? and how are they goin' to get their 
trolley road up here to Monte Vista with- 
out crossin' that patch, hey?" 

"By George, that's so," confessed the 
1)ostmaster, as the stage driver kicked off 
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and disappeared down the broad, white 
California road in a cloud of dust. "Sam 
owns that piece of land, and they simply 
can't get in here unless they make terms 
with him. Well, doggone his old hide. 
Ojoldn't yon tell he come from Maine?" 

"Yes, but Jorgenson," said the portly re- 
tired merchant who lived up on the mesa, 
whence he descended daily for his mail, 
"they'll condemn a right of way through his 
land if he undertakes to make them pay an 
extortionate price for it. He can't hold 
them up that way. Some of you fellows 
ought to warn him, or he'll make a serioub 

They did warn him, but he had evidently 
made up his mind that the railroad people 
would rather pay his price than bother with 
legal proceedings. 

The company offered to buy the whole 
ten acres for twice what the land was worth ; 
he responded by asking five times what it 
was worth. Finally, weary of haggling and 
delay, the counsel for the road instituted 
condemnation proceedings. Within two 
weeks Randolph learned that he had been 
awarded about one-tenth of the sum he 
could have had. The court had ordered h:ra 
to be compensated for the right of way 75 
feet wide, and no more. 

"I reckon, Sam," said the milkman, when 
the news became known, "that you teel 
somethin' like the dog that old 'iEsop's 
Fables' tells about that dropped a good piece 
of rump steak in the crick for a grab at the 
shadder of it. Never pays to be greedy, 

There was a chorus of laughter from the 
loungers on tlic post office porch, but the 
stage driver remained unruffled. 

"You fellers needn't lose any sleep wor- 
ryin' about me," he said; "ain't been no 
trolley cars wbizzin' and boomin' past your 
place yit, has there, Emerson? No young- 
sters been squelched under the devouring 
juggernaut, hey? Well, don't you lay no 
bets on the cars gittin' here till they arrive." 

"You ain't goin* to stand 'em off with a 
Winchester, are you, Sam?" inquired the 
storekeeper, with another wink at the con- 
course. "They'll get you into jail down at 
Los Angeles if you try that. You know 
that's what happened to the feller down 

Whittier way that undertook to stop 'em 
from layin' track. Wouldn't lijce to have to 
come down to Los Angeles and bail you 
out, Sam." 

There was another roar of laughter, but 
the stage driver was unmoved. He said 
nothing, and he remained silent during the 
months succeeding, while the road was being 
graded up the hill from the big Santa Ynez 
"wash." He paid no more attention to the 
construction gang than he did to the wits 
on the post office porch, and these latter, 
failing to "get a rise" out of him, finally 
ceased to jest at his expense. They con- 
cluded that he had accepted the situation as 
gracefully as he might. 

This impression was strengthened when 
Emerson, the milkman, driving one day 
past the Randolph apricot grove, found the 
owner thereof busy planting something 
among the trees on both sides of the right 
of way of the electric road. 

"Ah, turned from stage drivin' to agricul- 
tooral pursuits, Sammy," said the milkman. 
"What might you be plantin'?" 

"I might be plantin' honeysuckles or 
bologna sausages," replied the stage driver 
calmly, "but I ain't I'm just plantin' 

"But, man alive," cried Emerson, "don't 
you know it's too late to plant potatoes, an' 
what's more, the potato bugs are fairly 
swarmin' this year? Why, you might as 
well chuck them potatoes you're plantin' 
down in the canyon for all the good yo'll 
get of 'em." 

"I'm inclined to think you're mistaken. 
Mister Emerson," returned the stage driver 
with elaborate courtesy, "but anyway, now 
I think of it, who does these potatoes be- 
long to? Why, by hokus" — with a start of 
affected surprise — "I don't b'lieve you own 
these potatoes at all. So there's no call for 
you to hurt yourself worryin' over what 
becomes of 'em." 

"You can go to the devil, Sam," returned 
the milkman, and he rode off convinced that 
the stage driver was a fool. "He's tryin' 
to get even on potatoes for that money he 
lost tryin' to gouge the railroad," he de- 
clared at the postoffice the next day. 

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graders cut and filled and scraped and 
dumped. A trestle was built across that 
part of the "wash" usually flooded by cloud- 
bursts in the mountains. The rails were 
laid, and the track was leveled up. At last 
it was announced, two or three days before 
Christmas, that the first car would be run 
over the new road into Monte Vista on that 
festal day. 

When Sam Randolph heard the news, he 
went over to his potato patch which strung 
along either side of the track for 200 yards. 
The plants were flourishing finely — remem- 
ber that winter is the growing season in 
California — but it was evident that they 
would not flourish much longer, since they 
were almost covered with potato bugs — 
crawling myriads of them. 

This spectacle seemed to give the stage 
driver no uneasiness. On the contrary he 
surveyed the insects with an expression of 
something like satisfaction. He took from 
his pocket a small tin box, and extracted 
from it a pinch of fine white powder, which 
he deposited upon a leaf that was fairly 
alive with potato bugs. 

The effect was instantaneous and surpris- 
ing. The bugs sniffed once or twice, sat up 
on their hind legs, shook their heads in 
pained surprise, and then started in every 
direction. It looked as if every bug had a 
sudden and pressing engagement at some 
distance away from that particular spot. 

Mr. Randolph slapped himself "on the 
chest, and chuckled. 

"The stuff's all right," he observed; 
"doesn't kill 'em, but inspires 'em with a 
desire to travel. I reckon," he went on, 
as the last bug scuttled off the leaf — "I 
reckon there's a few points your Uncle 
Samivel ain't overlookin' even if he ain't 
so young as he used to be. Your Uncle 
Samivel has been out in California country 
quite a spell, but he's 'riginally from Kenne- 
bunkport. Ho ! ho ! Now for the rest." 

With these words he produced a spade, 
and began to dig a shallow and narrow 
trench around his potato patch, enclosing 
it on three sides, but leaving it open on the 
side that faced the railroad. He repeated 
the operation on the other side of the 
track. He went away, and returned shortly 
with a wheelbarrow upon which was a bar- 

rel half full of the white powder with which 
he had experimented on the potato bugs. 
He spread this thinly in the trenches he had 
dug, and chuckled to see that the potato 
bugs fled from it in the direction of the 
railroad. When he had satisfied himself 
that his entrenchments were secure, so to 
speak, he went home. 

'Christmas day dawned bright, fair and 
warm, at it always does in California. 
Monte Vista was en fete in expectation of 
the first trolley car. Jorgenson had the 
American flag draped over his store door, 
causing Emerson, the milkman, to make 
some sotto voce remarks about conductin' 
piracy under the shelterin' folds of the 
starry banner. . Stephens, the opposition 
grocer, had a string of Japanese lanterns 
strung from his establishment across to the 
second story of the shoemaker's house. 
The village doctor had a big "Welcome" 
in evergreens over his front gate, which 
elicited further ironical remarks from the 
milkman. Up at the hotel the landlord had 
flags all over the establishment, and the 
Chinese cook went about with red, white 
and blue ribbons braided into his queue. 
Festivity was in the air. 

At 10 o'clock, the hour set for the arrival 
of the first car, expectation was at its high- 
est pitch. At 10:30 it had become painful. 
At I o'clock no car had arrived, and it was 
felt that something had gone wrong. 
Young Tompkins was hanging around the 
postoffice with a pony and cart, and he was 
dispatched down the line to discover what 
was wrong. He was gone fifteen minutes, 
and then returned purple with laughter. 

"What's up?" demanded Jorgenson; 
"what's delayin' the percession, Alf ?" 

"Ha! ha! ha!" roared the youthful 
Tompkins, almost falling out of the cart in 
the esctasy of his mirth. "Sam Randolph's 
holdin' up the 'lectric road. He's got the 
track greased with potato bugs, and the 
cars can't git up that grade by his apricot 
orchard !" 

"Greased with potato bugs?" interrogated 
the storekeeper. 

Then the milkman burst into laughter. 

"Ho-o-0-0-0-0 1" he shouted, "didn't I tell 
you the doggone old rascal was from 
Maine? I understand it. I see now why 

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he was plantin' potatoes out-o' season, and 
the country full o' potsto bugs. Oh, well, 
if that ain't the worst! Come on, let's go 
over and see the fun." 

The whole village started, some in vehi- 
cles, some on horseback, some afoot. Past 
the school house, past the village library, 
past the Congregational church, past two or 
three small orange groves, and then they 
came upon the scene of events. 

It was on a steep grade, and at the bot- 
tom of it was a trolley car decked out with 
flags and streamers and inscriptions. Ever 
and anon the motorman would turn on the 
power, and the car would make a rush 
up the grade only to stop half-way, and, 
with a great buzzing and slipping of the 
wheels, slide slowly back again. The rails 
were slimy and slippery, and the cause was 
plain to see. 

Potato bugs ! millions of them I billions of 
them! Crawling down from both sides of 
the track and meeting in the middle of it, 
they swarmed over rails in such quantities 
that the metal was entirely hidden. 

And Mr. Samuel Randolph? — ^Up to one 
side of the track, blowing a white powder 
from a bellows upon the potato vines, while 
on the other side of the Toad a Mexican in 
his employ performed a similar office. Mr. 
Randolph was solemn and earnest. He paid 
no attention to the shouts and jests of his 
neighbors. He paid little more heed to the 
protests of an official of the electric road 
who had come up on the trial trip.' 

"You're stopping traffic," shouted the 
gentleman, hopping around and waving his 
arms in the air. 

"Who — me?" demanded Mr. Randolph in 
surprise; "why I ain't doin' nothin' but 
powderin' potato bugs." 

"But you're driving the bugs on the 
tracks, and the cars can't get up the hill." 

"H'm," observed Mr. Randolph musingly, 
"it seems to me that's a matter you've got 
to discuss with the bugs. So fat's I know, 
there's no law again a man powderin' bugs 
on his own place, and he can't be held re- 
sponsible if the bugs want to take a trip 
in the trolley cars." 

"Meantime," he added, 'lemme call your 
attention to the fact that you're trespassin' 
on my land — my land, understand — be- 

longin' to me, Sam Randolph. Your dog- 
gone miserly company might have had this 
land by payin' my price. It preferred to 
condemn a right o' way. The right o' way's 
yours; this land's mine. You git off it 
dumb quick, or I'll give you a dose o' potato 
bug powder!" 

The functionary retreated precipitately as 
Mr. Randolph aimed his bellows at him — 
retreated to the car, and after a brief con- 
sultation, was taken back to a construction 
shanty where there was a telephone. Mr. 
Randolph continued his operations against 
the potato bugs. The villagers sat around 
and laughed and awaited developments. 

It may have Ijeen an hour when a second 
car was seen approaching. It bore, in addi- 
tion to the discomfited official, a suave, smil- 
ing old gentleman who laughed heartily as 
he took in the situation. He was the gen- 
eral manager of the line. 

He walked, still laughing, up the grade, 
crushing potato bugs beneath his feet at 
every step to the spot where Mr. Randolph 
was still wielding the bellows. 

"I've come to buy your potato crop," he 

"It's not for sale," replied Mr. Randolph 
firmly, but with a suspicion of a grin lurk- 
ing at the comers of his mouth. "That is, 
it's not for sale unless ten acres of apricot 
orchard go with it" 

The manager laughed again. 

"I forgot to say that we want the land, 
too," he conceded. "How much do you ask 
for it?" 

Mr. Randolph laid down his bellows, pro- 
duced a stub of a lead pencil and an old 
envelope. He made some figures. 

"The land's worth just what I asked for 
it six months ago," he said; "that's $5,000. 
Then this here potato crop ought to be 
worth $500 more, and I've got a barrel of 
bug powder left that I ain't got no further 
use for. Mebbe you'd buy that, too?" he 
inquired, the grin still spreading. 

"Yes, we'll relieve you of that, Mr. Ran- 
dolph," said the general manager. "Put 
everything together, and make a Imap 

"Call it $6,000," suggested Mr. Randolph. 

"That's $500 for the potato bug powder," 
said the railroad man, a little seriously. 

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"Well, it's wuth it, isn't it?" replied Mr. 
Randolph, snickering outright. 

The general manager looked at the stalled 
cars, the bugs crawling over the tracks — 
looked at the stretch of potato patch and at 
Mr. Randolph. Then he laughed aloud. 

"I guess it is," he said. "At any rate I 
accept your price. Come down to the car, 
and I'll draw you an order on the treasurer 
for your money." 

"Now, boys," he shouted to a gang of rail- 
road workmen who had come up on still 
another car, get busy here. Fill up those 
trenches on the inside of the potato patches, 
and dig others on the side next to the right 
of way. Sprinkle some of that powder in 
them, and then go to work and get those 
bugs started away from the tracks instead 
of toward 'em. Shovel the bugs off the 
rails, and get up that sand. Hustle, every- 
body! Come along, Mr. Randolph, we'll do 
business now." 

Within half an hour, the cars were run- 
ning up the hill, and the potato bugs were 
running down it. The line was opened, and 
a brass band was tooting away in front of 
the postoffice. The populace was gathered 
there, and among those present was Mr. 
Samuel Randolph who, as he put his hand 
in his pocket, and felt the order for $6,000, 
remarked with some pride and comfort : 

"I reckon — ^yes. I reckon — ^that old Ken- 
nebunkport kin still hold her own when it 
comes to dealin' with amatoors." — The 


THE rural mail carrier, still finding in 
"Sage" Buford's box letters which 
he had deposited on Saturday 
morning, decided that something was amiss 
with the old man, as he never failed to with- 
draw his mail immediately after it was 
placed there by the Government's agent. 

The rural carrier and young Stegman, a 
rising, will-o'-the-wisp of a lawyer, were 
the only ones who took much interest in the 
hermit of Craggie Hope. So, contrary to 
rules, e carrier made a detour that morn- 
ing, and when he arrived at the half dug- 
out, half shack of the old man's abode, two 
lean dogs, more wolf than canine, ran out 
and snapped at his heels. He kicked them 

away and shoved open the thin plank door 
of the "living room." 

Buford was lying on an old leather 
couch, and from all appearances was asleep. 
Close by the couch was a small stand bear- 
ing a very expensive phonograph. Think- 
ing he had fallen asleep while listening to 
one of his favorite airs, the man withdrew 
from the room. When he did, the dogs at- 
tacked him and were so vicious that he had 
to beat them off with the butt of his riding 

On former occasions the dogs had been 
very, friendly with him. They would come 
up and allow themselves to be petted by 
him, and a kind of affection existed between 
the man and the brutes. This hostile dem- 
onstration puzzled him, and their gaunt, 
unfed appearance prompted him that some- 
thing was wrong with their mister. He 
knew that Buford was kind to an extreme 
with his dumb companions, and would have 
shared his last crust with them. 

He returned to the house and walked 
noisily up to the reclining figure. At first 
he shook him tenderly, but as that failed ti> 
arouse him, he became more vigorous, turn- 
ing him first from one side to the other. 
Then he knelt and listened for his heart 
beats, but there were no indications of life 
in the body. 

At the next house on his route the carrier 
telephoned his gruesome discovery to the 
coroner in town. A jury was impaneled, 
and as there seemed to be no doubt as to 
the hermit's dying a natural death, possibly 
from old age, they were not long in render- 
ing a verdict to that effect. 

As little was known of the former resi- 
dence of the deceased, a search was made 
for any papers which might throw some 
light on the possible whereabouts of rela- 
tives, if he possessed any, that they be noti- 
fied of the old man's death. Also, any re- 
quest which he might have made in regard 
to the burial of his remains. They found a 
string tied around his neck, and suspended 
to this was a small brass key, the little in- 
strument which admitted them to his box 
of private papers and trinkets. 

On top of the pile of papers was a faded 
daguerreotype of a woman, beautiful for 
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queen in poise and appearance. The only 
paper of importance to them was the will. 
With the customary legal phrases was a be- 
quest of his entire estate comprising sixteen 
acres of land, many jewels and $20,000 in 
gold to Wilford Stegman, "his friend, coun- 
sellor and companion of his lonely days." 
Pinned to the instrument was a statement 
that the gold was buried and young Steg- 
man knew in what locality to dig for it. 

Stegman was out of town at the time, 
and when he returned in reply to a tele- 
gram, he was half-jubilant, half-depressed 
over the news. He immediately started the 
legal machinery in motion so he could come 
into possession of the property as soon as 
the remains were laid to rest in the little 

To avoid the disturbance of things by the 
morbid and curious, the deputy sheriff was 
detailed in charge of the hut to protect its 
contents and keep watch over the visitors 
until everything was settled and the novelty 
of the occasion wore away. The officer was 
a brave man, but not brave enough to stay 
the night through without somebody to keep 
him company. So he sent word to town for 
a friend to come out and spend the night 
with him. 

He came, and they prepared their evening 
meal on the hermit's stove. After they had 
cleared away the dishes they sat about the 
fire and enjoyed their pipes. 

"Jim," said the deputy, "do you know 
anything about them talking machines?" 

"Certainly I do, after working in a music 
store as long as I have," returned his com- 

"Then suppose we listen to a few of the 
old man's favorite tunes. There is one on 
the thing now, and I'll bet he was listening 
to it when he died." 

Jim moved over to the phonograph and 
wound it up; then threw the switch after 
placing the transmitter at the beginning of 
the record. Then they sat in silence while 
the cylinder grated out to them : 

"I, John Buford, being sound of body 
and of mind, solemnly swear that the evi- 
dence contained upon this record of wax is 
true. Being alone and thinking that some 
day I would wish to leave a message of my 
last moments upon earth, I bought this 

talking machine with a recording attach- 
ment and a blank for that purpose. This 
will serve my aims better than writing, as 
it will be proof positive that I did it; for 
my penmanship is unknown even to the few 
of my acquaintances, but my voice will be 

"Now I come to the bitterest of my tes- 
timony : Young Wilford Stegman, by some 
subtle, hypnotic influence, wormed his way 
into my heart and mind. He persuaded me 
to will him all I possess upon this earth 
and to disclose to him the whereabouts of 
my hidden treasure. He knows of my past 
life and the two events which forced me 
into exile. 

"The night after he drew up my will he 
insisted upon drinking a toast to my health 
and that I should join him. As I never 
kept malt or vinous liquors about the house, 
he had come prepared and drew a flask of 
wine from his coat pocket. He drank first 
and then I followed, not fearing any drug 
in the wine, as both glasses were filled from 
the same bottle. In this I was very much 
mistaken, for the wine contained some sub- 
tle poison, first benumbing the body and 
then producing a comatose state from which 
I never will awaken. I have no antidote or 
emetic at hand, and am powerless to leave 
my room for medical aid. Because of my 
being a recluse and hating the inventions 
and improvements of mankind, I have no 
telephonic connection with the outside 

"Stegman has a copy of my will, and it 
is useless for me to change the one in my 
keeping, as the one he has will be recorded 
and he will take possession here and destroy 
all of my papers. I wish the law to take its 
course in this case, and then I want all my 
property diverted to the Southwestern Uni- 
versity. With my remaining strength I will 
change the apparatus on the phonograph 
that it may transmit my speech, and I trust 
to man's curiosity to start the machine." 

The deputy sheriff and his companion re- 
mained silent for a moment. Each looked 
at the other in am-jzement, consternation 
depicted in every line of their faces. 

"Well, what do you think of that?" said 
the officer. 

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"Sounds like a voice from the grave," 
was the response. 

"Jim, if you will swear out the warrant 
I'll make the arrest ; that machine will fur- 
nish the evidence." 

Young Stegman, when arrested, tried to 
treat the matter as a joke, but finally broke 
down and confessed to the crime. The 
method of its discovery was a revelation to 

"But how did you manage to escape after 
drinking the same kind of wine?" asked the 

Stegman smiled. "It was very easy. 
Mine was poured from the top of the flask, 

and then the old man didn't observe me 
when I shook the contents before pouring 
his. I also used an emetic, something I 
knew the old fellow didn't have about the 

"Tell me another thing," said the repre- 
sentative of the law, as he slipped the steel 
bracelets from his pocket ; "what drove him 
into that shell out there when he had so 
much money?" 

"First, unrequited love; second, a great 
invention which was stolen by his col- 
leagues." And then Wilford Stegman pu| 
out his wrists to receive the encircling irons 
of the law. — By Joe Custer, in Express 

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The Two Glasses. 

There sat two glasses, filled to the brim, 

On a rich man's table, rim to rim; 
One was mddy, and red as blood. 
And one was clear as the crystal flood. 

Said the glass o{ wine to his paler brother, 

"Let lu tell talcs of the past to each other. 
I can tell of banquet, and revel and mirth. 

Where I was king, for I ruled in might. 

And the proudest and grandest souls on earth. 

Fell under my touch, as though struck with blight. 
From the heads of kings I have torn the crown. 
From the heights of fame I have hurled men 

I have blasted many an honored name; 

I have taken virtue and given shame; 

I have tempted the youth with a sip, a taste. 
Which has made his future a barren waste. 

Far greater than any king am I, 

Or than any army beneath the sky; 
I have made the arm of the driver fail. 
And set the train from its iron rail; 

I have made good ships go down at sea, 

And the shrieks of the lost were sweet to me; 

For they said, 'Behold, how great you bel 

Fame, strength, wealth, genius, before you fall. 
And your mighty power are over all.' 

Ho! Hoi pale brother," laughed the wine, 

"Can you boast of deeds as great as mine?" 

Said the water glass, "I can not boost 
Of a king dethroned, or a murdered host; 
But I can tell of hearts that were sad, 
By my crystal drops made light and glad; 

Of thirst I have quenched, and brows I have 

Of hands I have cooled, and souls I've saved. 
I have leaped through the valley. 
Dashed down the mountain. 
Slept in the sunshine, and dripped from the 
I have burst my cloud fetters and dropped from 

the sky. 
And everywhere gladdened the landscape and 
I have eased the hot forehead of fever and pain, 
I have made the parched meadows grow fertile 
with grain; 
I can tell of the powerful wheel of the mill 
That ground out the flour, and turned at my 
I can tell of manhood debased by you. 
That I have uplifted and crowned anew. 
I cheer, I help, I strengthen and aid, 
I gladdened the heart of man and maid; 

I set the chained wine«aptive free. 

And all are better for knowing me." 
These are the tales they told to each other. 
The glass of wine and its paler brother. 

As they sat together, filled to the brim 

On a rich man's table, rim to rim. 

—Ella Wheeler WUcox. 

The Man Who Wins. 

The man who wins is the man who works; 
The man who toils while the next man shirks; 
The man who stands in his deep distress 
With his head held high in the deadly press — 
Yes, he is the man who wins. 

The man who wins is the man who knows 
The value of pain and the worth of woes — 
Who a lesson learns from the man who falls 
And a moral finds- in his mournful wails; 
Yes, he is the man who wins. 

The man who wins is the man who stays 
In the unsought path and the rocky ways. 
And, perhaps, who lingers now and then. 
To help some failure to rise againi 
And he is the man who winsl 

And the man who wins is the man who hears 
The curse of the envious in bis ears. 
But who goes his way with his head held high. 
And passes the wrecks of the failures by — 
For he is the man who wins. 

— Baltimore Nevus. 

Be Not Content. 

Be not content. Contentment means inaction. 
The growing soul aches on its upward quest. 
Satiety is twin to satisfaction; 
All great achievements spring from life's unrest. 

The tiny roots, deep in the dark mold hiding. 
Would never bless the earth with leaf and flower 

Were not an inborn restfulness abiding 

In seed and germ to stir them with its power. 

Were man contented with his lot forever. 
He had not sought strange seas with sails un- 

And the best wonders of our shores had never 
Dawned on the gaze of an admiring world. 

Prize what is yours, but be not quite contented; 

There is a healthful restfulness of soul 
By which a mighty purpose is augmented 

In urging men to reach a higher goal. 

—Ella Wheeler WUco*. 

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The Long Ago. 

There are no days like the good old days, 

The days when we were youthful! 
When humankind were pure of mind. 

And speech and deeds were truthful; 
Before a love for sordid gold 

Became man's ruling passion, 
Before each dame and maid became 

Slave to the tyrant fashion! 

There are no girls like the good old girls — 

Against the world I'd stake 'em! 
As buxom, smart, and clean of heart 

As the Lord knew how to make 'em! 
They were rich in spirit and common sense. 

And piety all supportin'; 
They could bake and hrew, and had taught school, 

And they made such likely courtin'! 

There are no boys like the good old boys — 

When we were boys together! 
When the grass was sweet to the brown, bare feet 

That dimpled the laughing heather; 
When the pewee sang to the summer dawn. 

Or the bee in the billowy clover. 
Or down by the mill the whip-poor-will 

Echoed his night song over. 

There is no love like the good old love — 

The love that mother gave us! 
We are old, old men, yet we pine again 

For that precious grace — God save us! ■ 
So we dream and dream of the good old times, 

And our hearts grow tenderer, fonder. 
As those dear old dreams bring soothing gleams 

Of heaven away off yonder. 

— Eugene Field. 


Eve escaped a most tremendous lot of ills. 
Or a lot of joys the lady never knew — 

Ills or joys they are that our existence fills 
All depending on a person's point of view. 

Eve was never at a Monday bargain sale. 
She was never at a Wednesday matinee. 

And she never promenaded in a gale 
Wearing hosiery of silken fabric gay. 

Eve was never in a wrangle at her club. 

She was never called her city's moral force. 
She was ignorant of kettle, pan or tub, 

And she never thought of getting a divorce- 
Eve was never known to wear a frizz or switch. 

And she never used cosmetics for her face. 
And she never wished that she had married rich 

So that she could then have held her rightful 

Eve was never known to read the latest book. 
She was never mentioned on a social page. 

And she never told her neighbors how her cook 
Went on strike because she would not raise her 

Eve was never for the papers photographed. 
She was never busy in a bridge-whist set. 

And she never worried until completely daft. 
Over whether to appear in decollete. 

Eve was never known to study every spring 
Over what the foreign notables would wear. 

And she never took a course in how to sing 
Or had Marcelle waving worked into her hair. 

Eve was never worried over Adam's faults. 
Never thought that he would smoke himself to 
Never walked in leaps and lopes and strides and 
Never waltzed until she wholly lost her breath. 

Eve was never at a howling football game. 

Never showed her dog against "the other curs," 
And she never vowed, with eyes and checks aflame 
That the neighbors' children should not play with 

But there is one trait that links her with today. 
With her sisters of this moment passing fair; 

Often, often Adam heard her gently say: 

••I would go, but I've got not a thing to wear!" 
— Anoitymous. 

Three Words of Strength. 

There are three lessons I would write — 
Three words, as with a burning pen. 

In tracings of eternal light, 
Upon the heart of men. 

Have hope! though clouds environ round. 
And gladness hides her face in scorn. 

Put thou the shadow from thy brow, 
No night but hath its mom. 

Have faith! wher'er thy bark is driven— 
The calm's disport, the tempest's mirth — 

Know this: God rules the hosts of Heaven 
The inhabitants of earth. 

Have love! not love along for one. 
But man as man thy brother call. 

And scatter, like the circling sun, 
Thy charities on all. 

thus grave these lessons on thy soul, 
Hope, faith and love; and thou shall find 

Strength when life's surges rudest roll, 
Light when thon else wert blind. 

— Frederick SchiUer. 

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"Expert legal testimony," says a well- 
known member of the New York bar, "can 
easily be made a two-edged weapon in 

"A clever and capable mining engineer 
was obliged to take the stand as an expert 
in a suit in Nevada, a couple of years ago. 
The case involved large issues. 

"The examination was conducted by a 
young and smart attorney, who patronized 
the expert with all the authority of half a 
dozen years of practice. 

"One of his questions related to the 
form in which the ore was found, a form 
generally known as 'kidney lumps.' 

" 'Now, sir,' said the attorney, 'how large 
are these lumps? You say that they are 
oblong in shape. Are they as long as my 

" 'Yes,' replied the expert, 'but not nearly 
so thick.'" — Harper's Weekly. 

Evidence at Fault 

Into a car came a boy carrying a floral 
masterpiece. Full four feet from the 
ground it stood in the form of a cross. 
Roses red and white composed the body of 
the cross, and dainty white blossoms and 
green leaves formed the trimmings. In the 
center the word "Peace" was spelled out 
in red rosebuds. By and by an old gentle- 
man with a harassed cast of countenance 
stood up and readjusted his glasses in or- 
der to get a better look at it. 

"That's a mighty pretty posy you've got 
there," he said "May I ask who is dead?" 

The boy giggled: "There ain't nobody 
dead't I know of," he said. "This ain't 
for a funeral. It's for a weddin." 

The old gentleman sat down heavily. 
"Good Lord," he said, "what idiot ordered 
■Poace" inscribed on a wedding gift?" — 

Large For Its Age. 

Old Jacob Wyckoflf, a farmer whose place 
was just outside of town, had made a pres- 
ent of his largest yellow pumpkin to the 
editor of the village paper, and the editor 
wrote an item acknowledging the gift. But 
unfortunately the office boy who put it in 
type got it mixed with an item announcing 
the birth of a baby in the family of another 
subscriber. This is the way it appeared in 
print : 

"Our old friend, Harry Townsend, is 
celebrating the arrival of a fine boy at his 
house. The newcomer is the very image of 
its father. It is one of the large cornfield 
variety, with huge bumps all over it, and 
weighs lifty-six pounds. There isn't a 
flaw in it anywhere, except a dent made by 
our fool office boy, and that doesn't matter, 
as we are going to cut it up at once." — 
Youth's Companion. 

Everybody Walks. 

To requests for free transportation the 
general passenger department of the Rio 
Grande now responds with tlie following 
pathetic lines : 

Everybody walks but father; 

He rides around all day. 
Big mogul on a railroad. 

He don't have to pay. 
Little Johnny's walking; 

Also Brother Will. 
So's the Whole Dam family 
Since Hepburn passed his bill. 

IHIs Conception. 

From Italy comes this story of a litigant 
who, having to go on a journey while his 
case was pending in court, instructed his 
lawyer to let him know the result by tele- 
graph. After several days he received the 
following message: "Right has triumphed." 
He at once telegraphed back, "Appeal im- 

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Scratched Off the Llet. 
There was once in New York an Irish 
tailor whose eccentricities threatened to 
bring trouble to him, but whose wit always 
saved him. One morning Mrs. Murphy, 
wife of a muscular bricklayer, came into 
his shop and found him working laboriously 
with a pencil and a piece of paper. She 
asked him what he was doing, and he re- 
plied that he was making out a list of the 
men on the block whom he could whip. 
"Is Murphy's name there?" inquired that 
man's wife. The tailor confessed that, like 
Abou Ben Adhem's, Murphy's name headed 
the list. When Murphy heard of this he 
came to the shop with belligerence in his 
eyes, and inquired if the report was true. 
"Sure and it's true. Phwat of it?" re- 
turned the tailor. "You little grasshopper," 
said Murphy, "I could commit suicide on 
yez wid me little finger. I could wipe up 
de flure wid yez wid me hands tied !" "Are 
ye sure about thot?" asked the tailor. 
"Sure I am about ii." "Well, then," said 
the knight of the shears regretfully, "I'll 
scratch ye off the Visht."— Exchange. 

Refuted To Obey The Order. 

Many years ago a Philadelphia clothing 
manufacturer received a contract for mak- 
ing uniforms for the telegraph operators 
along the line of one of the railroads. In 
order to measure the operators along the 
line he sent telegrams asking them to meet 
him on the station platforms. He sent this 
telegram to the operator at one of the 
small stations: "Meet me on the arrival of 
the 2:15 p. m. train. Wear nothing but 
shirt and trousers." At the appointed time 
he reached the station and inquired for the 
operator. He saw a young woman looking 
embarrassed. She said, in answer to his 
inquiry: "I am the telegraph operator, and 
am here in response to your summons; 
but I decline to comply with your instruc- 
tions as to apparel." — Kansas City Star. 

Wrongly Identified. 

A New York man was talking about Opie 
Read, the brilliant author and journalist. 

"Read, you know," he said, "founded the 
Arkansaw Traveler. He edited that ex- 
cellent paper for ten years or more. He 
made a great success of it. 

"They say that in the spring of 1885 a 
reporter of the Traveler died. He was a 
fine young chap. A visitor to the office 
the day after the funeral found the editor 
and his staff talking about their loss dis- 

" 'It has been a sad loss, friends,' the 
visitor said, 'a sad loss, indeed.' He 
sighed and looked about the room. 'And I 
am pleased to see' he went on, 'that you 
commemorate the melancholy event by 
hanging up crape.' 

"Opie Read frowned. 

"'Crape?' he said. "Where do you see 
any crape?' 

" 'Over there,' said the visitor, pointing. 

"'Crape be durned.' said Read. 'That 
isn't crape. It's the office towel.'"— PiH*- 
burg Gagette. 


The morning after the wreck of one of 
the fast trains, an old farmer was standing 
on the bank of the river into which the 
train had plunged, intently watching the 

A stranger approached, and naturally the 
conversation reverted to the wreck and the 
fortunate escape of all the passengers. 

"It was the costliest train in the world," 
informed the stranger. 

"Yes," grunted the other, still watching 
the stream. 

"And about the best equipped," the new- 
comer continued. 

"No doubt about it," assented the old 
farmer. "I've fished a dozen bottles out 
of the water already." — Harper's Weekly. 

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^^^T^HE welfare of the workers de- 

pends upon justice. Not the 

justice of an eye for an eye, but 
the justice of the golden rule, which is the 
natural law of social life. This law re- 
quires that idlers shall be poor and workers 
rich, that 'he who will not work, neither 
shall he eat.' But as a fact the idle are 
often rich, while workers are generally 
poor. Some explain this by charging pov- 
erty to idleness; but it is the rich and not 
the workers who, as a class, are idle. 
Others say that the workers drink them- 
selves into poverty, but the rich drink more 
than the poor and yet remain rich. The 
obvious fact is that in our industrial sys- 
tem there is less work to do than workers 
to do it We thus have unemployed people 
underbidding each other. This disemployed 
class springs from the universal monopoly 
of useful land. The withdrawal from use, 
of land needed for use, reduces the demand 
for workers. Trade unions realize that 
there is less work than workers, but meet 
the condition by trying to restrict the com- 
petition of workers for work. They would 
meet it better by trying to increase the com- 
petition of work for workers. The welfare 
of workers is to be served by establishing 
equality of rights and reciprocal duties. The 
law of 'mine, thine and ours' is the true 
law. The fruits of my work are mine, the 
fruits of your work are yours, and the old 
mother earth is ours. This is the essence 
of industrial justice. It is the doctrine of 
(he Golden Rule. It is the one thing needed 
for the welfare of the workers." — The Chi- 
cago Public, May 2Sth. 

That fragment of simple economic phil- 
osophy is one among the many that for years 
have been given to humanity by a number 
of clear minds, each one explaining in dif- 
erent ways, or through distinct forms of 
language, the bottom principle of all healthy 

human development. We are so accustomed 
to confusions and conflicts, to complexities 
and h.irdships, that we don't believe in the 
simplicity of universal joy through plain 
obedience to a few simple universal duties 
respecting the fundamental rights of each 
other as expressed by that golden rule 
which we still lay aside in all our collective 

And we can hardly blame the working 
masses of humanity for that mental blind- 
ness, which is fed, in our nation alone, by 
200,000 or more monopoly writers in 20,000 
or more respectable publications, the ones 
that are voraciously read by the millions in 
ail classes and conditions of men. It is by 
means of that immensity of false economic 
literature that we are constantly told to 
stand by new miserable processes with 
which to make wrong a little easier or less 
painful than thus far. That means — the 
prolongation of evil. We then neglect our 
most essential duty, that of totally suppress- 
ing legalized wrong. Wrong is bound to 
grow until it is thoroughly dislodged, root 
and branch, from the throne of law. 

If there is anything fundamental in space 
infinite or time eternal, then civilization 
must either rest on some principle funda- 
mentally criminal or on some fundamentally 
righteous. If the latter, through what im- 
portant process do we actualize our own 
social righteousness, so that to escape being 
the victin\s of some social principle funda- 
mentally wrong? 

Each generation has devised 500 petty 
duties to make up for the neglect of the 
above mentioned fundamental one. Sup- 
pose that the 500 petty duties decrease by 
30 per cent the burden of sorrows and sins 
produced by the neglect of our fundamental 
duty. Balance against the wisdom and 
goodness of men, 70 per cent oi all possible 
avoidable sorrows and sins. Is not that a 
mad trick? 

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Consciously or not, each social unit, in re- 
lation to his importance, helps to prolong 
the kingdom of human follies and conceits, 
in so far as he neglects to honestly and sci- 
entifically work for the rapid initiation and 
complexion of the kingdom of the truth, of 
plain sound sense. That should be anyhow 
the essential object of every human life ex- 
cept when great poverty and harsh condi- 
tions force men into very low standards of 

The Christianity of Jesus is the only 
natural and inevitable solution of all human 
problems. The prolongation, then, through 
decades and centuries, of social problems 
unsolved or poorly solved, and so bound to 
feed the old evils or any new deformities; 
that conclusively proves that the leading 
classes and teachers of nations and churches 
refuse yet, or are yet unable to teach hu- 
manity how to abide, live and grow under 
the simple teachings of the Christianity of 
Jesus. It follows then that we remain yet 
plunged into a distorted Christianity that 
we, choice fellows, have managed to manu- 
facture and teach. That is proved by the 
many great wrongs that cling to the march 
of our painful progress. 

The peace conference we had in New 
York City last April proved, with a ven- 
geance, the miserably mixed up education 
of our top classes. That conference brought 
thousands of good important men together 
from all parts of the nation and some from 
abroad. Their discussions rested on three 
words, viz., "Peace, War, Righteousness." 
Some considered that peace without right- 
eousness would be worthless. Some 
thought that righteousness required that we 
all should be constantly getting ready for 
war. All despots have stuck to the latter 
philosophy, prevailing yet with the so-called 
advanced nations. 

It has neveV occurred to men to have a 
precise definition of the word "peace" and 
that of war, in order to see which of the 
two was likely to be more compatible with 
the word — righteousness. Suppose we try 
our hand in those two definitions. 

Definition of peace: "The fully actualized 
brotherhood of men through a few simple 
laws respecting and ethically enforcing the 
principle of universal honesty or equity in 

all the social and industrial relations of the 
national group, in lieu of the selfish laws 
disturbing all healthy development and forc- 
ing distorted lives upon 'iill men ; and thus 
we blot out of existence the divine plan oi 
human evolution." 

Definition of war : "The open or hidden 
invitation of the banditti-hood spirit in the 
compact of nations, through mean, monop- 
oly laws repudiating the unselfishness of all 
divine law. It is through that process that 
we yet cast off the Fathership of God, thus 
giving to some men the power to, rob the 
rest of the equal rights belonging to all 
men by the fiat of all natural and divine 
decrees, commands." 

Any similar definition of those two words 
would give to men the conception that what 
we all need, in order to enjoy the peace of 
righteousness, is — "Citizenship Honesty." 
Neither civil nor religious education 
teaches yet that kind of honesty. No won- 
der that we need armies and navies. Don't 
you see that civilization is yet a war to the 
knife against God through dishonest indus- 
trial conditions rejecting the brotherhood of 
men and the righteousness of the Father in 
Heaven? If that Father is a reality, then 
He can never be satisfied with any amount 
of goodness among men to simply cover up 
or justify — citizenship dishonesty in national 
life through injustice in our social rela- 
tions through selfish barbarisms in all in- 
dustrial development; all sanctioned by 
idiotic human enactments. Jose Gros. 


Here are my views on the $7S«) question. 
Take them for what they are worth. 

If our union as a body and at the same 
time demands a $75.00 minimum from all 
organized roads, then I can see no reason 
why we can not get what we ask. 

As long as we ask each separate system 
for even a small raise, it is hard to get, for 
the reason that they tell us they are already 
paying as much as competing roads are 
paying, and we can not say it is not true. 
Now if Mr. Perham will call a vote on the 
question and if the majority of our mem- 
bers are in favor of demanding a $7S-00 
minimum, let us then prepare to make the 

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demand this fall and, if necessary, go out of 
service and stay out until we get it. 

We can be drawing $75.00 per month by 
January i, 1908, if we go after it and stay 
by it as we should. Each man can lay 
enough money by between now and fall so 
that if called upon to go out of service for 
even a month, we can live and not have to 
rail on our union for help. Let us prepare 
for war, even though we are not looking 
for trouble. Let us prepare a sufficient 
fund for our committee to use so that they 
may not be hampered for lack of funds. 

If our committee feel that we are behind 
them and are giving them our support as 
one undivided body, they can and will get 
what we want. When the companies see 
that we mean business and will tie their 
business up until we get what is right, there 
will be no. serious trouble. 

I would like to see this matter put to a 
v<»te and find out how the rest of the 
brothers feel about it. 

Cert. 1059, Div. 23. 


For some .months past I have been 
quietly reading my Telegrapher every 
month, and as the good old saying goes, 
"sawing wood and saying nothing." There 
are times, however, in this wood-sawing 
process when a man is obliged to stand up, 
rub his aching back and take notice, and 
it is at this psychological moment after 
reading pieces in the June Telegrapher en- 
titled "Eight hours per day and $75 mini- 
mum per month," and "Should act now" 
that I am preparing this article. 

Now it is very probable that in all this 
North America, and particularly in the 
United States it would be hard to find a 
telegrapher who is not patiently waiting for 
the fourth day of March, 1908, to roll 
around. I am very sure we are all aware of 
the fact that there will be more or less 
doing at that particular time, be it beneficial 
or detrimental. In the article entitled, 
"Should Act Now," the writer says in part: 
"We may get it, but it is left to the Inter- 
state Q>mmerce Commission and I can not 
help but have some little doubt course 
through my mind about this eight-hour 
law." Does not that voice your sentiments 

in the matter to a nicety? Now, brothers, 
just so long as we have an Interstate 0)m- 
merce -Commission in the field we have 
something that will bear watching, and very 
closely at that. It is for our own interest 
that we do so. Have you had the idea in 
your mind for a fraction of a second that 
the various railroad companies throughout 
this country are going to sit idly by with 
their hands folded and await the time to 
come that they may generously grant the 
telegraphers of this country an eight-hour 
day? I should emphatically say no, and 
again I say no. You may rest assured, dear 
brothers, that the railroad companies are 
up and doing at this identical time, for is it 
not to their interests to resist this measure 
. the same as it is ours to promote it ? 

In view of the fact that these railroads 
are to take up the fight to defeat any such 
measure relative to the granting of an eight- 
hour day to the telegraphers, and eventually 
to disregard the law in this matter, I say, 
that this is not the time to lie idle and 
dream about this eight-hour day. It may 
prove to be all one beautiful dream after 
March 4, 1908, if we do. What we do want 
is to make this dream a reality by all means 
and I say to all that if we have a doubt in 
our minds that this eight-hour law will not 
be granted to us, we, as a body, will have 
to get the proverbial wiggle on us from 
now on and by all means remove the doubt. 

Suppose for a moment, if you can, that 
these companies would grant eight hours 
for one working day and concede to the 
law. Will not the tendency be towards a 
reduction in the wage scale as soon as 
three men are placed in a position that was 
formerly held by two? Of course, it will, 
and while we are working for wages from 
$50 to $60 per month at the present time, 
it is hard to say what our monthly pay 
check would amount to proportionately 
under an eight-hour day. 

Therein lies the danger of this proposed 
eight-hour day, and the only sure way to 
clear away the mist is to couple the two 
together, viz., an eight-hour day and $75 
per month for wages and work with all our 
might towards that common end. As one 
brother has proposed, let us take one side 

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of the Mississippi River at a time and make 
them come up to our demands. 

In conclusion, let me remark to all who 
have cherished the idea of an eight-hour 
day and $75 per month for wages to talk it, 
eat it and digest it, take it to bed and sleep 
with it and keep it by you always. Let each 
member contribute his views on the subject 
to the President through the columns of 
The Telegrapher, then when the time is 
ripe let a general vote be taken as authority 
for him to act upon. Let me impress upon 
you the necessity of beginning early in this 
matter. Do it now. In order that we may 
be in readiness for the eventful fourth day 
of March next year. Begin your part of the 
campaign at once. 

I am in hopes that this article is so bad 
that it is good, and that it will find its way 
into the columns of The Telegrapher and 
help to get some one else busy. Truly there 
are other matters that confront us, but none 
greater nor more serious than these I have 
just mentioned. We have tried legislation 
and have succeeded to a remarkable degree, 
but legislation will not raise our wages, even 
if it does propose giving us an eight-hour 
day, and we can not hope for any more 
help through that channel. 

So do not lie there on your back and kick 
up at the stars any longer, but get out in 
the field and let them know that you are 
there with the goods. In other words, get 
busy for the eight-hour day and ?75 per 
month wages. Cert. 807, Div. 54. 


I believe in cutting out the students ; raise 
our pay, create a demand for men, and the 
O. R. T., when necessary, will furnish good 
men. The two words, "when necessary," 
are the ones to use, for when we can see 
the time and necessity of more men we can 
when the $75 or $80 minimum is reached 
call back lots of good men that have left 
the ranks. 

Can the railroads expect men to be run- 
ning after agencies or telegraph jobs when 
the wage scale is so low, responsibilities so 
great, not counting the numerous duties? 
One of the great opportunities that is before 
us is to cut out the students, create a demand 
and as it has been said the demand governs 

the prici of labor. We want to grasp the 
opportunity. We don't want to let it pass 
and then moan because the chance to smile 
is gone. Our chance to smile is coming if 
we hold out, which I'm sure we will, for we 
know that unity blended with a grim deter- 
mination to win has the strength of Gib- 

Cut out the students, raise our wage scale 
and when the grand $80 minimtui is 
reached lots of the old-timers will be felling 
back into the ranks. It is like the comical 
recitation, "John Henry, It's Up to You." 
Now, we are the John Henry, and it's up 
to us and we want to land things for the 
benefit of ourselves and Order. 

"ScoiTY," Cert. 70, Div. 123. 


After reading the different articles in the 
June Telegrapher I feel moved to express 
my views on the $75 minimum subject 

We want that $75, don't we? If so, why 
not go after it ? There is no earthly reason 
why we can't get it, if we go at the matter 
in the right way. The only way I can see 
is for Bro. Perham to call ^or a vote on it, 
and if the majority are in favor of it let 
Bro. Perham put it up to the different man- 
agements. Even the nons would sign for 
that, if given the chance. There has been 
so much talk about that $75 minimum that 
the railroads must imagine we are cold- 
footed about asking for it, or else we don't 
want it Why can't we vote ourselves $75 
a month, as well as for Congress to vote • 
the increase of $2,500 per year in their own 
salaries? Sure, it's up to us. No railroad 
management is going to force this $75 on 
us, and if any of us are troubled with a 
guilty conscience about accepting such a 
"munificent" salary, we can easily donate 
the balance to sweet charity. Let's get to- 
gether, and try and have this $75 minimum 
take effect simultaneously with the eight- 
hour day. 

It must afford the railroad officials a good 
deal of amusement to read our ebullitions 
on the subject. 

The trouble which occurred between the 
Western Union and its operators lately has 
been settled satisfactorily to the operators, 
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we are, at that. This goes to show that we 
can make our demands good if we are will- 
ing to stand by Bro. Perham. Does any 
member of the O. R. T. imagine that we 
would be called on to walk out? Why, if 
this thing be brought up on all roads, how 
long would it take the officials to make up 
their minds that there was something 
doing? They can't afford to stop traffic al- 
together, and if this movement were made 
national, that is what it would amount to. 
Get busy. "Colly," Div. ioo. 


An electrical editor of a New York tele- 
graph journal, who is also a veteran tele- 
graph operator, says: "The greater help 
to rapid progress is to first find out the 
underlying principles on which an invention 
is based." With particular reference to 
Morse telegraphy ; it may not be part of 
the work of the ordinary operator to de- 
sign or install telegraphic circuits or sys- 
tems, but we operators employed on rail- 
roads have much to do with the actual 
workings of such circuits and systems. 

It would, therefore, seem that some 
knowledge of its underlying principles is 
desirable, not only because such knowledge 
enhances the value of the services rendered 
our bosses, but puts us more closely in touch 
with the job. 

In order to design a telegraphic circuit, 
measurements must be taken, that is, units 
of measurements are used ; for instance, the 
man who sells sugar, uses the pound, or the 
man who sells cloth uses the yard for units ; 
these units are called practical units of 
measurement and must necessarily be used 
in order to handle any commodity. 

In telegraph work the practical units of 
measurement are the ohm, volt and ampere. 
By practical, it is meant to distinguish them 
from another system of units, called the 
fundamental system, and on which the 
practical system of units is based. The 
fundamental system of units will not be ex- 
plained ; suffice to state that, in engineering 
work, all units of measurement are based 
upon it. 

The ohm is called the practical unit of re- 
sistance. Resistance is well known as that 
which opposes or hinders the passage of 

electricity through a conductor; any sub- 
stance will admit of electricity passing 
through it ; some allow of an easier passage 
than others, therefore, there is no non-con- 
ductor of electricity, but rather substances 
of high and low resistance. Many defini- 
tions of the ohm are given, but quite a clear 
one is that it is equal to the resistance or 
opposition that one mile of pure copper wire 
about one-quarter of an inch diameter offers 
to passage of a current of electricity. 

In order that a current of electricity can 
flow through a conductor or substance, 
there must exist what is known as a differ- 
ence of potential or electromotive force; 
that is, one foot may represent the differ- 
ence of potential between a volume of water 
at sea level and another raised one foot 
above sea level. There will then exist a dif- 
ference of potential between the two quan- 
tities of water equal to the force used to 
raise the water one foot in height against 
the action of gravity. 

It took work ; that is, work was done on 
it to cause this difference of potential to 
exist, and in return it is capable of doing 

The practical unit of difference of poten- 
tial is the volt, or that difference of poten- 
tial or electromotive force which will cause 
a current of one ampere to flow against the 
resistance of one ohm. 

The practical unit of electric current is 
the ampere, which means strengrth of cur- 
rent, or the amount of electricity that will 
be driven past any given point in a con- 
ductor when the difference of potential or 
electromotive force is one volt and the re- 
sistance one ohm. 

Having looked into the practical units of 
electrical measurements and assuming an 
ordinary telegraphic circuit, what about the 
motive power or battery for working the 

The common gravity or blue-stone bat- 
tery is mostly used in electrical signaling or 
telegraphic work ; the water of this kind of 
cell causes a violent chemical action be- 
tween the metals composing it, a continual 
surging to and fro, and as all force is the 
result of motion or change of motion, this 
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difference of potential or electromotive 
force causing a current of electricity to flow. 
, The zinc is consumed in the contest be- 
tween the two metals, or is the fuel for fur- 
nishing the motive power. 

Before working out a problem in Ohm's 
law in connection with the telegraphic cir- 
cuit assumed it will be necessary to say a 
few words on the relay and its use. 

Wherever telegraph lines are run this im- 
portant piece of telegraphic paraphernalia 
may be found. Its action, as well as every 
other electromagnetic signaling device, de- 
pends on a very important principle; that 
is, magnetism is produced by sending a cur- 
rent of electricity through wire wound 
around a plain piece of iron. This produces 
magnetism, in turn attracting an armature, 
working on a spring, which opens and 
closes a second or local circuit. A very 
weak current of electricity will produce this 
relay magnetism, which in turn works the 
second or local circuit containing as heavy 
battery as may be desired. Relays are al- 
ways spoken of as 150 ohms resistance and 
are standardized at that. Will see how that 
has been done. 

Did you ever remove one of the' magnet 
covers or tubes from your relay coils ? What 
dusty old affairs they usually are ! A large 
number of turns or convolutions of fine 
wire is wound around the piece of iron in 
the center. 

The cubical contents of the iron, also the 
number of turns of wire is the result of 
a careful calculation. For a telegraph line 
over thirty miles in length it was found im- 
practicable to send a current of electricity 
through it strong enough to work a sounder, 
so the relay was substituted as previously 
stated, because a very weak current will 
work it. 

The resistance of a wire varies directly 
as its length and inversely as its sectional 
area; by this is meant that, with a given 
piece of wire, of certain length, doubling 
its length will double its resistance, 
doubling its sectional area will halve its re- 

From this it is evident that the number of 
turns of wire in the relay coils, since that 
varies the resistance, and, therefore, the re- 
sistance of the relay coils may be taken as 

a measure of the number of turns of wire 
they contain. 

It is easy to measure the resistance of a 
finished relay coil, but not to find out the 
number of turns or length of wire used. 

Having this practical convenience and not 
because resistance itself is a desirable quan- 
tity in a circuit, relays are known as having 
a certain resistance instead of a certain 
number of turns, therefore, always desig- 
nated by its resistance. The 150 ohm stand- 
ard relay contains 8,640 turns of No. 32 
copper wire. 

There are two component resistances to 
all telegraphic circuits ; that is. line and in- 
strument resistances. 

A telegraph line, say 300 miles in length, 
having 20 stations or offices connected, using 
No. '6 iron wire, we have, 300x9.6 equals 
2,880 ohms for line resistance, and 20x150 
equals 3,000 ohms for instrument resistance, 
making a total of 5,880 ohms. 

How much current required to work the 
line ? Ohm's law states current equals elec- 
tromotive force or difference of potential 
divided by resistance. In this problem as- 
sume difference of potential of 150 cells of 
gravity battery; hence, for current, 150 
divided by 5,880 equals .026 of an ampere, 
or 26 mille-amperes, or one ampere divided 
into 1,000 parts and a6 of these parts taken 
to work the line By this formula any two 
quantities being known, the third can al- 
ways be found. P. O'Briek, Div. 26. 


I feel that the predominating element car- 
ries within itself the success or the failure 
of an enterprise. Every substance that is 
composed of elements adheres most closely 
in its nature to the element forming the 
largest component part. Is this not a state- 
ment based on uncontrovertible facts ? Will 
you not furthermore agree with me that the 
ruling element in any organization is the 
standard bearer, that causes such an organi- 
zation to accomplish any end that it may 
undertake or subdue any common enemy 
that might rise to deter its progress. You 
say, so far, very g^od. Do not your con- 
victions lead you to make the statement 
with me, that a railway company is an or- 
ganization composed of elements commonly 

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known as departments? Now suppose the 
ruling elements in any one of the component 
departments be weak and unable to face 
the issues that naturally fall its portion to 
handle, what results? Not only this de- 
partment suffers, but the entire organization 
suffers from the weakness of this depart- 
ment There is a department in railroad 
organizations known as the telegraph de- 
partment and is chiefly composed of tele- 
graph operators, some of whom are very ' 
good and some are very sorry. The pre- 
dominating grade can always be determined 
by the number of operators employed by 
such companies who belong and support an 
organization known as the Order of Rail- 
road Telegraphers. Why do we make the 
assertion that we can distinguish the quality 
of the ruling element among the operators 
by the manner in which they suport that or- 
ganization known as the Order of Railroad 
Tel^raphers? Because it is a self-evident 
fact is our reason. Who is it that can tell 
what there is to cherish and inspire the man 
working 15 to 18 hours out of the 24 for 
that magnificent salary of $50 per month? 
It seems to me if the operators can not 
devise something within themselves to cheer 
them with the belief that they are going to 
liarve a fair deal, the dust of oblivion would 
cover them into insignificance. The Order 
of Railroad Telegraphers is fighting for this 
end, and to the members I would say, hold 
all the power your now have, and every 
time possible catch more hold by supporting 
your Order. 

I am yours as one wishing to make the 
predominating elements of the telegraphic 
service: Better salary, better service and 
prosperity to all. B. F. Cheek. 

We, the people of the O. R. T., in order 
to form a more perfect union, establish jus- 
tice by enforcing an eight-hour day and 
$75 per month minimum salary, in order to 
insure domestic tranquility, provide for the 
common wants, promote the general wel- 
fare and secure the blessings of liberty to 
ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and 
establish this as an ultimatum to become 
effective March 4, 1908. 

Cert. 177, Div. 8. 


In looking through The Telegkaphek for 
the month of June I see several articles 
about the eight-hour day and the $75 mini- 
mum. I am in favor of the plan started by 
Cert 131, E. A. Long, Olean Div. 135. Let 
our battle cry be "Eight hours and $75 
minimtun." This can be bad if every 
brother will stand back of it I move that 
a circular be put out and take a vote of all 
members and see how many will stand for 
eight hours and $75 per month, commencing 
March 4, 1908, and if enough of them will 
stand by it (I think all of them should if 
they do justice to themselves), if necessary 
call a strike, but it will not be necessary to 
do so. All members and nons, too, notify 
their local chairman that on March 4, 1908, 
they will make the stand for the eight-hour 
day and the $75 minimum, and not work 
without it, and they will be surprised to see 
how quick the railroads will accept it, as 
the demand for telegraphers is becoming 
worse and worse every day. Take a look 
through the papers and see how many ad- 
vertisements are in there for telegraphers. 
It will be surprising to some of the boys 
who are not keeping a look out for the ad- 
vertisements for operators. 

I am not in favor of a strike, but if it 
comes will stay with it to the end, and I 
have a family to look out for, but right is 
right and I think we should have the eight 
hours and the $75 minimum. We will never 
get it unless we ask for it. 

The railroads are looking for the right 
kind of men, men that are men and can 
look out for the company's interest If they 
will pay the right kind of wages they will 
get the right kind of men. 

You know as well as I do that if you 
were getting $75 for eight hours' work you 
could do your business more .pleasantly. 
This you will have if you will make up your 
mind to fight for it and not lay back and 
wait for some one else to do the fighting 
for you. Come on and do your part; you 
can do twice as much by saying "come on, 
boys, and follow me," than saying, "go after 
it, boys," and laying back yourself. Now, 
let every member make this his motto, 
"Come on, boys, and work for the $75 
minimum," and not lay back and wait for 

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some one else to do the work while you are 
asleep. Wake up and put your shoulder to 
the wheel and push, not drag. 

In my opinion this is what is the matter 
with several of the boys. They are waiting 
for the other fellow to do the work. We 
can get the eight hours if you will all pull 
together, and at the same time on all roads. 
This will enable us to do more towards our 
cause, for there will be some men that will 
not hold with us and if we go at it one road 
at a time we will be sure to lose, and if we 
go after them right we will be sure to win. 
If you have space in your next edition 
please put this in. Cert. 1013, Div. 126. 


In reading the write-ups of our worthy 
brothers regarding the eight-hour day and 
$75 minimum, I am in favor of making one 
grand stand on or before March I, 1908. 
But let's make it a 25 or 30 per cent increase 
and cut the $75 minimum out, which would 
not benefit all telegraphers, and their sup- 
port we might not get in that case. 

Now all pull for a 25 or 30 per cent in- 
crease and the eight-hour day for Canada, 
Mexico and the grand old United States. 
Let's hear from others. 

Cert. 344, Div. 2. 


The national law for railroad telegraphers 
of the United States goes into effect March 
4, 1908. 

As the railroads are beating the eight- 
hour law of the States, the railroad officials 
claim it is impossible to secure operators, 
and the State officials will not prosecute them 
for not complying with the law, and in that 
case it looks almost impossible to secure our 
eight-hour schedule, and I think it is up to 
us next March when it becomes a national 
law to have every operator and agent in the 
United States lined up, and when the hours 
are up on that day if the companies do not 
comply walk out and stay out until they do. 

It would be hard on some of the boys to 
do this, but it can't be any harder on any 
one than myself, and I am certainly willing 
to do this, and I honestly believe this is the 
only way we will ever get what we are after. 

As long as it is only a law and the com- 
pany has the money to fight it with they 
will never give up, but in case all operators 
in the United States will walk out and say 
"we must have eight hours," then they will 
have to come across. We are all aware of 
the fact that the plea "not able to secure 
operators" is a bluff game. There are 
plenty of operators who would go to work 
if we only had the eight hours and a mini- 
mimi of $75 or $80 per month. 

There are operators that are working for 
lumber companies, traveling for wholesale 
fruit firms and other occupations which they 
would gladly quit and go back to hammer- 
ing brass if they could make a living at it. 

Now I think I have said enough on this 
for the present, but would like to hear from 
some more of the brothers on this subject. 
Will try and write some more if I see this 
in print in our next journal. Now let us all 
get "25." Yours for the eight hours and the 
$75 minimum. Cert. 886, Div. 32. 


The progress of opinion, when that of a 
large body, is necessarily slow. The nation 
or any considerable part of the nation will 
not change its beUef under the pressure of 
circumstances, as readily as the individual. 
This tendency is seen in all labor organiza- 
tions and the O. R. T. is no exception. 

From time to time I have read in our 
journal an article by some brother, whose 
ideas are well advanced, which had for its 
text the lack of attention paid by the mem- 
bers of our Order to the political side of the 
war between capital and labor. They do 
not always urge any one party upon the 
body of the telegraphers as the one to whom 
our allegiance is due, but seek instead to 
impress upon us the need of political action 
to offset the power gained by our opponents 
in this direction. It is my opinion that this 
action on our part has been too long neg- 
lected and we fail to recognize that the 
greater weapon we could have is legislation 
and courts favorable, or at least not preju- 
diced against us. 

If after working for years to organize 
and perfect our Organization we do not take 
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success by this means we need not be sur- 
prised at the long life of successful opposi- 
tion to the cause of the laborer. So long 
as our capitalistic "friends" control courts 
and legislation we may look for our efforts 
to be blocked by injunctions and prejudiced 
decisions. You may answer that the flood 
of reform has made this a rare occurrence 
and that this is no time to bring forward 
such an argument. It is true that the im- 
mense volume of reform literature that 
swept over the country but a short time ago 
has died down, but the evils still exist. 

Look for a moment at the situation on the 
L. & N. In June, 1906, President Perham 
brought suit against the L. & N. for an in- 
junction preventing officials interfering 
with our organizers. The proceedings were 
delayed by every means possible; the com- 
pany filed a demurrer in the United States 
District Court for the Western District of 
Kentucky alleging that the law under which 
our Order was proceeding was unconstitu- 
tional. This view was upheld by Judge 
Evans. TTie same thing happened when 
proceedings were brought against the offi- 
cials. It looks as though the court and the 
Constitution were only conveniences of the 
corporations. Can we claim that we have 
the same opportunities before the law that 
they have? Not if we are sane. 

In the June issue of The Telegrapher 
writing under the name of "Zealot," one of 
onr Canadian brothers speaks of the Lem- 
ieux act. This makes it a crime for miners 
or railroad employes to strike to settle their 
differences. And yet yearly we celebrate 
'Independence Day." We, the mighty la- 
boring class, whom our masters will not 
treat is men, yet refuse to let us quit. Are 
we to continue to allow such law-making 
bodies to assemble and courts to sit when 
by a proper disposition of our ballots we 
may change the whole thing? Already by 
our political influence we have forced such 
legislation as the nine-hour law. But we 
must not stop until this stronghold of the 
money power has been broken down, until 
instead of being a country ruled by a very 
few whose power is dollars, we can read the 
Declaration of Independence and the Con- 
stitution and not feel that the work of the 
past has been in vain. A. H. Turney. 


Having heard from various brothers 
about the pump question I am right with 
them in kicking against this unreasonable 
part of our duty. I suggest that every Gen- 
eral Committee from now on that goes be- 
fore the management to revise their sched- 
ules knock this pump down and out on the 
first round by relieving the agents and oper- 
ators that are doing this work of it entirely 
and turn it over to the department to which 
it belongs, and if impossible to have the 
companies do that, make one and only one 
proposition to them, that is either relieve 
the operators of this or pay them $20 per 
month for doing this work and get one or 
the other. I would not care which, and 
further that this extra pay will not be con- 
sidered in their monthly salary, as this is 
entirely extra work imposed upon us and it 
is high time to get rid of it or get paid 
for it. Steam Pumper, Div. 8. 


There are many things about an agent 
telegrapher's position that are next to un- 
bearable, but one great imposition that is 
heaped upon us is the carrying of Uncle 
Sam's mail. It not only takes us out of our 
offices when it is the most important that 
we be there, but every trip we make flaunts 
the idea in our faces that we are being 
"driven" by a corporation that can easily 
afford to accept contracts that provide that 
U. S. transport its own mail. We hear a 
great deal about block signals as a safety 
to the traveling public (and the man who 
works the block is out with a bundle of 
mail moving towards the post office), and 
the wonderful "block" is unprotected. 

Delivering mail is work that has nothing 
whatever to do with a telegrapher's position 
and we should urge all our committees to 
present the matter to the general managers 
and have them change their mail contracts 
if necessary and relieve us of this respon- 
sibility. While we receive no compensation 
from the government it never lets an oppor- 
tunity pass to charge us up with mail fail- 
ures and quite often when their own em- 
ployes are the cause of it, but as we can 
not gain an audience with that stern execu- 
tive, the chief, we follow the admonition, 

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"please remit to my crdit," and bid adieu 
to our hard-earned dollars. 

These things would not be quite so bad 
if we were working under a $75 minimum 
and an eight-hour day, but these we must 
strive for and strive hard. Get after the 
nons. -One self-conceited non can do us 
lots of harm, teaching students and "knock- 
ing," etc. : besides, he gulps down what few 
concessions we gain, and has the nerve to 
say the company raises his salary on ac- 
count of "merit." Living expenses have in- 
creased 3f) to 35 per cent and we received 
10 per cent increase in wages and the cream 
on which we received lo per cent by express 
now goes by baggage. It would take a 
financier to figure out any gain on this deal 
for the agent telegrapher. I believe the 
O. R. T. the only remedy, so let us all pull 
for better things and keep up to date. 

Cert. 452, Drv. 76. 


Nature starts all her children, rich and 
poor, physically equal. This, broadly speak- 
ing, is the opinion of many leading physi- 
cians. If the number of children born 
healthy and strong is not greater among the 
well-to-do classes than among the poorest, 
then it presents to us a very significant fact 
which completely revolutionizes many no- 
tions as to the great disadvantage of being 
born in the tenement. 

What happens to the tenement child 
after its birth is quite another story. Na- 
ture is not responsible for that. She has 
done her best. If poverty or indifference or 
ignorance or sin blight her fair work, she 
stands uncondemned. But nature is not 
content in accepting a position in which she 
is simply exonerated. The violation of her 
law is followed by an unforgiving pursuit, 
until the full penalty has been inflicted, for 
with nature there is no forgiveness of sin. 
And nature makes no class distinctions. 

This equality at birth does not long favor 
the child of the slum and the tenement. 
Vital statistics quickly prove this statement, 
for the burden and the penalty of poverty 
and its accompanying evils fall most heavily 
upon the child. The lack of proper nour- 
ishment, of suitable clothing, of healthy 
sanitary conditions, make life precarious for 

the babe who must suffer on account of 
their absence. 

When such a state becomes chronic, the 
chances for life are exceedingly small. 
Death's scythe sweeps relentlessly through 
the ranks of little children, whose cry for 
food has chilled a thousand mothers' hearts. 
Then are hushed a thousand babies' voices, 
who suffered long because there was no 
skillful hand to nurse, and no healing 
draught to cure. 

There is no battle more royal than the 
saying of the child. To bring color to the 
wan cheek, to bring brightness to the dulled 
eye, to so much as bring a smile to the face 
that already bears the mark of pain and 
suflfering — this is a task worthy of the best 
that is in any man. 

To organized labor has this work been 
given. No other mission can ever mean 
more than this. Strong should be the sup- 
port given the trades unions in their en- 
deavor to blot out the curse of child labor. 
And blighted should be every arm that is 
raised in protest against the warfare which 
means the salvation of little children from 
a bondage that is crushing out life and hope. 
Rev. Charles Steule. 


Referring to the eight-hour day and $75 
minimum I agree with Cert. 140 in last 
Telecraprer that wc may not be so sure 
that we will get eight hours March 4, 1908. 
I only hope we will, and would like to see 
the $75 minimum, too. I am afraid if we 
make a concerted demand for $75 March 1, 
1908, that the railroads will make a very 
strong effort to have the Interstate Com- 
merce Commission postpone the date the 
nine-hour law is to take effect. I think we 
should instead make a concerted demand 
for a minimum of 30 cents per hour on 
March i, 1908, then if we can get that the 
railroads could not have the «xcuse that it 
would cost them so much more in wages, 
and if wages were on an hourly basis the 
railroads would probably not fight the nine- 
hour law, as it would make no difference 
then to them whether men work eight hours 
or twelve, the pay roll would be the same. 
So I say let us make a stand for 30 cents 
an hour minimum and do all we can to en- 

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force the law and not allow it to be post- 
poned. Now is the time for us to act and as 
Bro. E. A. Long suggests, let us each and 
every one send our letters to our honorable 
President Perham; tell him to act for us 
and act at once. And let us decide if we will 
ask for a $75 minimum or a 30 cents per 
hour minimum and whichever we decide on 
let us stick to it and demand it unanimously 
March i, 1908. Cert. 409. Div. 33 


As we sit around on the piazzas on these 
beautiful spring days, inhaling the sweet 
fragrance that fills the breath of old mother 
earth with the sweetest perfume, I can't but 
think of the days spent roaming over the 
hills and through the meadows with "Old 
Rover" as my only companion. 

These were the happiest days that I can 
recall, and I venture to say any of you who 
have had these experiences will agree with 
me. Novir, when all these have come and 
gone, when we have no more time to devote 
to this kind of pleasure, we are out in this 
world for our mothers, feeble fathers, 
younger brothers or sisters, or probably 
some dear old grandfather or grandmother 
in their old days trying to make them happy 
as well as ourselves. 

We are to be provided for in some way 
and as many of us have chosen telegraphy 

as a profession we must look to the rail- 
roads, to a great extent, for our support. 

Must we, as working men, permit these 
railroads, which have a yearly net in- 
come of 75 per cent of their investments, 
control and put upon us the responsibility, 
which is connected with this profession, 
just as they choose ? 

No is the only answer that I can see fit 
to give. I do not think that any man is 
doing himself justice by standing back and 
not holding up for what should be his. 

The railroads can take most any "rube" 
and run him over the road two or three 
trips and make a brakeman, but they can 
not take a "rube" or any other kind of a 
man and make an operator of him, even in 
six or eight months. 

Then why is it that operators should not 
be as well paid for their responsibility, to 
say nothing of the confinement, as men in 
other professions who haven't any more re- 
sponsibility than an operator has, handling 
thousands of lives and millions of dollars 
of rolling stock daily ? 

No, there is no reason whatever for this 
manner of dealing with professional men 
with this amount of responsibility. As I 
have stated above I am not a member of 
the Order, but if it is possible I am going 
to have a card and do all the good my as- 
sistance is capable of doing for the Order. 

D. S. Witty. 

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Boston DIvialon, No. 89. 

Providmce DhiUion — 

It was one of the largest and most intelligent 
bunch of telegraphers that ever assembled in Rath- 
bone Hall, Saturday evening, June ist We were 
especially favored by the presence of Bro. Tom 
Pierson, Second Vice-President; Bro. Manion, 
General Chairman; Bro. Brady, Chief, Providence 
Division No. 35, and Bro. Wood, also of Division 
No. 35. Our committee were all in attendance, 
which added to the interest manifested throughout 
the entire evening, speeches by Bros. Pierson and 
Manion being the chief items of interest. White 
our local brothers do not possess the oratorical 
powers of Bro. Pierson, nevertheless they can 
talk good common horse-sense. ; 

It has come to pass that the local organizers 
will not hereafter be paid the $2.00 commission, 
which they have enjoyed through the generosity 
of Division No. 89 up to and including June 
1st, 1907. 

In my estimation, inasmuch as Division No. 89 
is in a prosperous condition, and being so without 
the aid of the $3.00 in question, that amount 
should go towards a sick benefit fund, as advanced 
by Bro. Fenwick. We have a Sick Committee 
now on each division, and they will be hampered 
soon for the want of ready cash to help some 
deserving brother. As the 25 cents assessment 
seems to be a failure on some divisions, I am 
sure it would be here, where assessments of any 
kind meet with prompt displeasure. Therefore, 
what could be more prudent than having this $a.oo 
go toward a fund to help the needy? 

Two new members were initiated into our fast- 
growing division. Four applications were read and 

Commencing the first Saturday in July we will 
meet in Pilgrim Hall instead of Rathbone Hall, 
which is too small and also too noisy. Bros. 
Bobbins and Francis took up so much room we 
had to bring in extra seats. Bro. Robbins had to 
be introduced. How quickly one is forgotten 
when he doesn't attend regularly. 

After all is said and done, 7^ per cent looks 
pretty good if you figure it up by the year. Now, 
I trust this increase won't be detrimental to the 
past good service rendered by the telegraphers. 

Bro. Grifiin, West Roxbury nights, creates a 
vacancy in that charming little tower. What a 
splendid place to recuperate. 

Bros. Finn and Johnson certainly had a pleasant 
time attending the convention. It is a great satis- 
faction to know that the candidates that repre- 
sent us fully appreciate the opportunity afforded 
them. CoK. 

Midland DivUion — 

Everybody is satisfied, so hats off to the Gen- 
eral Committee, '07. 

Sanitary conditions as per schedule '06 have 
been installed in "FA" tower. 

Bro. Kerivan, of Needham Jet. tower, has re- 
signed account of ill-health. Bro. McLaughlin, of 
Hampton, bid in the vacancy. 

The wood carrier foundations are being re- 
placed with cement at "FB" tower, Readville. 

Bro. Butler, of "V" tower, was off several 
days account of the death of his father, which 
occurred on May 37th. We alt sympathize with 
Bro. Butler in liis bereavement. 

Bro. Peterson, of "FB," Readville, has resumed 
duty after a severe sickness. 

It is understood that the switches at "BJ," 
Bellingbam Jet., will t>e connected with levers, but 
am unable to state whether this will l>e tower or 

Bro. Sullivan, of "RX," Woon. Jet., is substi- 
tuting at Norwood Central in place of Bro. 
Blasuek, who is doing the same at Needham 
Sta., while Bro. Burke is sick. I "13" Bro. Burke 
will go to the hospital. Has the Sick Committee 
investigated ? 

Mr. W. F. Cashen. at "U" tower, Norwood 
Jet., will don the wreath and sounder at the 
July meeting. Mr. Caslien is wortdng in place 
of Bro. Hale, who is off. 

Would like to hear from the brothers south o( 
Blaclcstone. Send your notes to Division Cor. 

Cert. 326. 

Mobile, Jackson & Kansas City Ry. 

I have not seen anything from this road for 
some time, and I think it is time that we were 
up and doing. I believe this line is about 97 per 
cent strong. 

Acting on a call from our General Chairman 
for a meeting at Bay Springs, Saturday night, 
June the 33d, a few of us met for the purpose 
of electing a General Secretary and Treasurer for 
Division 80, to fill the unexpired term of Bro. 
H. C. Hughes, resigned account of bad health. 

Bro. J. L. Lester, of Union, Miss., was elected 
General Secretary and Treasurer, and we feel 
sure that the books and accounts are in good 
hands and will t>e kept up to the standard. 

Bro. Cooper, having just returned from the 
convention, was brim full of good things, and he 
did not fail to tell us about them, and it is 
useless to say we enjoyed the treat. 

We are going to arrange to hold meetings more 
frequently, and want every member who can do 

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so to attend, as those who have never been present 
can not realize the benefit to be gained by get- 
ting together and exchanging views. 

I am not prepared to give accurately alt the 
changes of late. A man would have to make a 
station-to-station canvass to enable him to do so. 

In all probability by the time you see this in 
print your General Committee will be in session, 
and I wish to implore you one and all to stand 
by the committee to the last. It will need your 
sni>port in every way, and if the members of the 
division will uphold this committee as they should, 
you need have no fear but that you will get a 
big slice of what is coming to you. We have a 
new management and while we feel like we will 
get fair treatment at their hands, it is best to 
be prepared for any opposition that might be 
brought to bear, and the best way to prepare is 
for each member to have an up-to-date card in 
his possession, and then stand by it, keeping in 
mind that good service rendered the company is a 
geat weapon in our hands and poor service a 
much greater one in the bands of the railroad 
company. If we expect to improve on our present 
schedule there must be improvement in the service. 
I am not knocking, but trying in my feeble way 
to advise you. Get busy and wake up from that 
long sleep, and do something for the good of the 
grand old Order that has done so much for 
yon. Who can read the proceedings of the last 
convention at Minneapolis without throwing bis 
bat in the air and shouting himself hoarse from 
joy over the encouraging' reports from all over 
this country? If you have not read this, don't 
close your eyes until you have done so, and 
when you have read these good reports make a 
solemn vow that you will be one among the 
40,000 who will do all in your power to help 
the Order and do your duty as you see it 

Cut. 2. 

District Laurel to LouisvUU — 

This division, no doubt, has never before ap- 
peared in The Tu-eckapbh, and some of its 
members will no doubt be surprised, if not all of 
them, when a few dots from this line appear. 

There has been' quite a stir among all of our 
oldest members, which has brought good results, 
and pictures a brighter future to all members of 
the grand old O. R. T. if they only hold up their 
heads and preach unionism to all the nons. 

We have very few nons, and hope to get them 
in line shortly; think we have only three nons 
on this district and have twenty-one positions 
filled. Our membership is somewhat scattering, 
but by working very, very hardt will soon have 
the entire membership in Division 80. 

Our first and present schedule went in effect 
August the 1st, 1906, which was welcomed by 
all, as it provided better salaries and overtime, 
where we had been working both night and day 
for a smaller sum. We anticipate a revised 
schedule at an early date, which will be an im- 
provement on our present one, and we ask each 
and every one of the brothers to lend us alt the 

assistance possible that we may be greatly bene- 
ated by it. 

On this division we have twenty-one positions, 
nineteen of which are occupied by members. 

We have a hustling General Chairman in the 
person of Bro. Cooper. If we all stick to him 
success will certainly be the result. Our division 
is divided into three districts, and by faithful 
service on the part of the three local chairmen, 
things ought to pick up and get us nearer the 
long-sought-for eight-hour day, which will certainly 
present itself in the near future. 

Well, boys, this being my first, will make 
brevity my aim, and try and have a word left 
for another time. Let us hear from the other 
two districts and try and have something in 
each issue of Thi Railsoao Telxgiapbes. 

Yours for something better, "T." 

Indianapolla Division, No. 27. 

The members of this division were shocked 
to learn of the death of the wife of our beloved 
Secretary and Treasurer. Bro, E. C. Thompson, 
which occurred in Chicago on June a9th while 
they were just starting out on their honeymoon. 
Bro. Thompson was married on the evening of 
June 19th to Miss Bertha Worsham, a beautiful 
and accomplished young lady of Indianapolis, and 
they left that evening enroute to Valley, Wash., 
where they were to spend their honeymoon, stop- 
ping at Chicago enroute. Shortly after their 
arrival in Chicago, Mrs. Thompson was taken 
sick, but apparently was convalescent when ar- 
rangements were made to continue the trip, but 
suddenly a turn for the worse took place, and 
Mrs. Thompson passed to the great beyond at 
ia:25 a. m. on the 39th, and our good Secretary 
and Treasurer returned here with the remains for 

This is one of the saddest cases that it has 
ever been the duty of your correspondent to 
chronicle. On the evening of the 19th this young 
couple departed for a honeymoon in the highest 
of spirits and with the congratulations and good 
wishes of their thousands of friends ringing in 
their ears. Ten days later a great transformation 
had taken place. One of the contracting parties 
of what was a happy couple was still in death. 
The other was plunged into the deepest of gloom 
through the untimely death of bis beloved help- 
meet. Anticipations of a happy journey through 
life were suddenly shattered, and our bereaved 
Brother has but one consolation in bis great and 
sudden affiiction, and that is the knowledge that 
her noble and pure life has been rewarded and 
that her soul is resting in that heavenly abode 
that is free from worldly cares and afflictions. 
The members of Division No. 27 extend to Bro. 
Thompson our most sincere sympathy in this his 
hour of great bereavement. 

While in Chicago Bro. Thompson was rendered 
every assistance possible by the members of the 
Order of that city, and was accompanied to 
Indianapolis by Bro. W. F. McDonald. The mem- 
bers in Chicago placed a beautiful wreath on the 

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coffin after the body had been prepared for 

The members of Division No. 37 placed a beauti- 
ful pillow-sliaped floral design upon the coffin after 
its arrival in Indianapolis, and members of other 
railroad brotherhoods sent a beautiful floral harp. 

Div. Co«. 


I desire to express ray roost heartfelt thanks 
for the treatment accorded me by the members 
of the different divisions and fraternities of 
Chicago and Indianapolis during my late great 
bereavement; also for the beautiful flower* sent. 
Although my beloved wife could not see them 
on earth, she was looking at them from heaven, 
for a purer, sweeter, more Christian-ltke girl never 
lived. Hy only consolation is that she died so 
peacefully that I knew that He who giveth also 
taketh away, and He has her soul and I will 
try and meet her when it is my time to go. 
Yours fraternally, 

E. C. Thompson. 

Indianapolis, Ind., July 4, 1907. 

Georgia, Southern & Florida Ry. 

Here is something new to every reader of the 
journal, a write-up from the Ga., Sou. Ry. It 
it with no little degree of pleasure that we an- 
nounce to the great throng of O. R. T. brothers 
that we have joined them to help move the 
numerous burdens which have so long been upon 
the shoulders of the telegraphers. 

No one appreciates and loves the teachings of 
O. R. T.-ism. better than the writer, and I wish 
that I could get all the "cold-footed nons" to 
thinking as the writer ha* thought for ten long 
years; telegraphing would then be a source of 
pleasure instead of a drudgery. 

Notwithatanding the fact that we have been 
handicapped by the "nons swinging to our coat- 
tail with one hand and the other deep down in 
our jeans, pulling the coin from us obtained by 
our committees," we have gradually gone from 
$3S per to $6$, and even more. Now, Mr. Non, 
where were you while these raises were being 
obtained? How much have you put in the con- 
tribution box to defray the expenses of the 
various committees on different railways? You 
were at your place of business enjoying the an- 
ticipations of that "great promotion" that some 
petty official had promised you in future days, 
provided you would stay out of the O. R. T. 
Have you ever secured the position? No. Have 
you had a raise since you have been at your 
present position? Yes. Did you get it before the 
O. R. T's. sent their committee up before the 
officials? No. Didn't you work from 7 a. m. until 
7 the next a. m., if necessary, without any com- 
pensation for same? Yea. Do you do this now 
since the brothers next to you had enough back- 
bone and manhood enough about them to come 
into the O. R. T. ark of safety, pull the money 
from his purse and say, "Send a committee up 
before the officials and save me from these long 

hours of toil and low wages." Did you pull any 
coin from your purse? Not a blooming cent. 1 
know that you have long ago murdered your 
conacience, and you ahould erect a monument on 
the spot where you buried it, and then bury 
youraelf on the opposite side and let the graa* 
and weeds forever cover your last rating place 
from view of your fellow craftsman. 

I may be juat a little aevere in dealing with 
Ihe non, but a* the old adage goes, "There i* no 
one so blind a* those who will not *ee," it i* 
necessary to hit you with a big stick that you may 
see your evil ways and depart from them. 

If there is any way to get you to dig up your 
buried conscience and hunt up our Secretary and 
Treastver and procure a card, I am going to 
do it 

Another thing I wish to call attention to: If 
you run a "ham factory," for goodness sake 
experience a change of heart, and show your 
sincerity by getting rid of the "ham" you have 
in your spaciou* office with a three-pound adck 
of dynamite in hi* sleeve, which will *ooner or 
later put you out of business. 

I am glad to note that there is not a "ham 
factory" on the Ga. Sou. Ry. Please keep this 
remarkable record up. If every telegrapher in 
the United States would adopt thia plan on all 
railroads and commercial offices, we would *oon 
wear diamonds and be respected. But that little 
"if always gets in it* work in due time and 
despoils that which bid* to be fair. Don't get it 
into your head tliat you are under *uch obligations 
to some one that you owe to him the telegraph 
profession as a compensation. We all have friend*, 
but I have never yet had one so dear that I felt 
like furniahing him a knife with which to cut 
my throat. Whenever it occurs to yon that it is 
a part of your business to teach telegraphy to 
some good friend, stop and ask yourself thi* 
question: what if every telegrapher would teach 
some "good friend" at the same time I am teach- 
ing mine, and figure the results. The country 
would be flooded with telegraphers, which would 
mean longer hours, less pay, etc. 

I was working during the days when the super- 
intendents use to give us the "horse laugh" in 
the days when the country waa flooded with 
men, and the cause of this over-production was 
that every telegrapher on the "pike" had from 
two to three "hams" in his office, teaching them 
his "lucrative" profession. In those balmy days 
I was holding a position at twenty-five dollars 
per month. That same job now pays $72.50, with 
no more work or responsibility either. I would 
fed embarrassed to acknowledge that I held down 
this $2$ job di(i I not know that there were 
others who did the same thing. I asked the 
superintendent for more money. With all the 
dignity of a lord he informed me that he could 
not increase my salary, and if I was dissatisfied 
he would arrange to relieve me, a* he could get 
plenty telegraphers at the price he was paying me, 
which, I am sorry to admit, was the troth. 
Where are they today? Some have passed to the 
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arc with us today engaged in other vocations 
more profitable than telegraphing at the present 
s<ale o( wages. How many of these old-timers 
have yon heard remark that they had rather 
follow telegraphy than anything else for a liveli- 
hood, and if the profession ever reached the plane 
where it belonged, they intended to return to the 

We have many things to do in order to reach 
that coveted $75 minimum, and one of the most im- 
portant is to cease teaching students. Talk atone 
will never do it. As long as members of the 
craft are too indolent to attend to their duties 
and have students stuck up in their offices pre- 
tending to do the work, advancement will neces- 
sarily be slow. Show me the man with his office 
full of students, and 1 will show you a roan 
too laxy to say "Sooy" if the hogs were after 

Don't get it in your head that because we have 
secured a small raise in the past year or so that 
we have all that is coming to us. The work is 
not yet complete by half. We have great things 
to accomplish; gigantic loads to cast from our 
sbonMcrs, loads that have been home for years. 
These obstructions must and will be eliminated in 
coarse of time, but it is going to take strength 
and perseverance. Get after the man next to 
you and induce him to forward his application to 
the local chairman. 

All who made excuses and failed to attend the 
meeting at Tifton on June 9th, beyond a doubt 
missed quite a treat. Bros. Baker, Hamilton and 
O'Quin made all arrangements, and the first meet- 
ing of the Ga. Sou. boys, as well as members 
from the A. C. L. and A. B. & A., who joined 
us, was a grand success, and those who attended 
wish to congratulate these brothers for the manner 
in which the meeting was conducted. By request 
one of the brothers at Tifton extended our hearty 
thanks to the hotel manager for courtesies shown 
us while his guests. 

The meeting was called to order by our General 
Secretary and Treasurer, the General Chairman 
being absent. 

(t was moved, seconded and carried that Bro. 
I~ D. Hamilton, of Tifton, be elected acting 
General Chairman for the division in addition to 
serving as local chairman, Lenox to St. George 
inclusive, to succeed Bro. T. L. Argo, suspended. 

The brothers on that division should congratu- 
late themselves in securing the services of Bro. 
Hamilton aa chairman, as he is an enthusiastic 

Tifton being a central point with trains running 
10 suit all on the division, it was selected as a 
permanent place of meeting. 

It was decided to hold a monthly meeting at 
Tifton every third (3d) Sunday. 

We regret that Bro. Wellons was not present 
at our meeting, and also that he tendered his 
resignation as local chairman of Palatka Division. 
He gave as his reason for resigning that the 
agency work at Sparks was hot enough to cook 
'laters, and he did not have ample time to devote 
10 the duties of local chairman. His resignation 

was not accepted, however, and wc are looking 
for him to attend our next meeting and bring 
a string of applications from that neck of the 
woods, should there be any nons down your way. 

It was decided that the A. C L. Division 
No. 132 be extended an invitation to meet with 
us at Tifton every third Sunday. 

The General Secretary and Treasurer was or- 
dered to pay the expenses and lost time of Bros. 
Watson and Wellons for services rendered while 
serving on the General Committee in Macon, 
April 13th and 14th and May 7th and 8th, while 
securing a schedule on G., S, & F. Ry. It was 
decided that the expenses of the meetings held at 
Tifton each third Sunday be paid out of the 
local treasury. 

Bro. K. P. Baker has resigned and left the 
service to accept a more lucrative position with 
the First National Bank of Tifton. We regret 
that Bro. Baker is leaving the service, but glad 
to know that he has found a more pleasant and 
lucrative position. He informs us that be will 
continue to carry a card in his "jeans." He has 
the best wishes of the division. 

Congratulations were extended Bros. \Vatson 
and Wellons for the admirable manner in which 
they served on the General Committee. 

The meeting adjourned until the 3d Sunday in 

Several new members were taken in and several 
transferred to this division. 

Bro. Paul Griffin we "13" is doing the heavy 
at Birmingham. 

Bro. Laure has left for parts unknown. 

Bro. Jno. T. Ashton, from Unadilla, transferred 
to St. George. 

Bro. R. R. Hays, from nights Unadilla to days 
at Ashburn. 

Bro. Whitehead, from days at "UD," Cordele, 
to days Vienna. 

Bro. O. H. Mahone, from days at Ashburn to 
nights at Unadilla. 

Bro. K. P. Baker resigned "HO," Tifton, to 
accept position in Bank of Tifton, Bro. Harrold, 
from A. C. L. Division 132, taking Bro. Baker's 
place at Tifton. 

I wish to call each and every member's atten- 
tion to the importance of attending meetings. 
Don't think because you have paid up your dues 
and secured a card that you have done your part, 
and that is all there is to it. These meetings 
are called and held for the purpose of transact- 
ing business pertaining to our organization, and 
unless we all turn out and express and exchange 
views, some might be displeased with actions 
taken on important matters. We need your pres- 
ence. "Rto." 

Y. A M. V. Lines. 

Vieksburg Division — 

Our meeting at Leiand on Sunday, June 9th, 
was not very largely attended, but those present 
can best tell whether or not it was a success. 
The meeting was called to order at seven o'clock 
sharp, with Bro. R. P. Walt in the chair. The 
time being short all hands agreed to let Bro. 

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Walt have the floor. Among the things h« talked 
about were the convention at Minneapolis, which 
lie attended, and our new wage scale and working 

Oar new schedule went into effect May ist, 
and is usually conceded to be the best thing in 
its line to be found "east of the river." 

A good many handsome increases were granted 
the boys and the working conditions were wonder- 
fully improved. 

The "standard watch" for telegraphers is now 
a thing of the past; the general manager decided 
that he could furnish clocks cheaper than he could 
pay the boys rent for their watches. 

The overtime rating on the Riverside District 
is now the same as it has been on the main 
line all along. 

There was one clause, however, in our proposed 
contract that the general manager ran his blue 
pencil through good and hard, and that was the 
one asking for half-holiday on Sunday. We didn't 
get it. Our watchword now must be, "Not yet, 
but soon." 

Before the meeting adjourned Bro. Walt tendered 
a vote of thanks to Bro. West, of Leland, for 
the refreshments. 

Owing to the absence of Bro. D. F. Callaway, 
who had a bunch of important correspondence, 
some of the routine business had to be postponed 
until the next meeting. 

O. T. Aycock, our popular lineman, has done 
the right thing, and may now be seen wearing 
the green and the gold. Needless to say it is 
wonderfully becoming. 

Mrs. Crews, at Wilczinski, has signified his 
willingness to join, and it is expected that his ap- 
plication will be passed on at the next meeting. 

It is also up to Mr. Sparks, at Beulah. He 
received a straight five-dollar raise and an increase 
in overtime rating. 

Bro. H. S. Hennington, for some time past 
agent at Percy, has resigned and gone west for 
his health. "HS" has many friends here, who 
sincerely trust that the western climate will com- 
pletely restore his lost health. 

Mr. Goff, new man at Shaws, has promised to 
sign up as soon as the ghost walks. He is re- 
lieving Bro. Hooker, who is taking a sixty-day 

Bro. H. Jones, from the Memphis Division, is 
at present working I«Iand nights, this made pos- 
sible by Bro. West's resignation from the day 
position and Bro. Campbell's promotion to same. 

New man at Oeveland nights. If he isn't there 
with the goods Bros. Harper and Walt will see 
to it, don't worry. 

Bro. H. Harrison, agent at Avon, was off for 
a few weeks recently account being called home 
to the bedside of his father, who, we learn, died. 
Bro. Harrison has the sympathy of the entire 
division in his bereavement. 

Bro. B. B. Kinard, for some years agent at 
Kosedale, has resigned to accept employment with 
the M., J. & K. C. at Laurel, Miss. He was 
relieved at Rosedale by Bro. S. L. Owen. 

Bro. D. Staples, the popular agent at Boyle, is 
off for a week or two account sickness; relief 
agent Callaway is holding the job down for the 

It is with the greatest of pleasure that I make 
known to you all the fact that the company's at- 
tempt to place ten students on the Vicksburg 
Division met with "glorious defeat." 

They have students at the following places: 
Elizabeth, Rosedale, Hollandale and Longwood, 
the latter place being a non-telegraph office and 
the agent not a telegrapher! We understand the 
agent and his student have a local fixed up and 
are, learning fast. , 

The ones at Hollandale, Elizabeth and Rosedale 
are of the old quota, four in number, and its a 
dead cinch that the ones at Hollandale and Rose- 
dale will never become telegraphers. 

The Memphis Business College sent one down 
who held a diploma that he could take forty- 
seven words a minute I He was too swift and 
was promptly sent back. 

The student business will never thrive on this 
division of this road, and it wouldn't b* at all 
surprising to sec the one or two that we now 
have done away with. 

I was very sorry indeed that I failed to get 
any notes in the last issue of The Tii.iGitArBn. 
The failure was caused principally by my putting 
the matter off from day to day until I had finally 
forgotten it. I have my mill in good shape now, 
however, and will endeavor to get note* in every 
month. When you don't see our flag hoisted in 
the columns of Thb TsLECEArHU it is no sign 
that unionism is on the wane down here, because 
we are doing a lot of the "good, silent work," 
and that is the kind that counts. 

With one more parting shot, I will close: 

Pay your dues promptly; attend meetings reg- 
ularly and don't be afraid to let it be known 
when you have a grievance. 

Don't be afraid that the superintendent will 
"get it in for you." We are prepared to handle 
all grievances and usually succeed in adjusting 
all of them. If there is anything wrong, or if 
you desire to get rid of that student, just drop 
a line to Bro. Walt at Cleveland, and he will 
do the rest. Div. Coa. 

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Dakota Divuion — 

Was you at the Brookings meeting? If you 
were not you sure missed a swell time. Had to 
get the opera Jiouse to hold them all. Two special 
trains, one from the north and one from the west. 
Both trains loaded full to capacity. This train 
service was furnished oy Mr. Uoodykoontz and 
the dinner at Hotel Leon was on Mr. Moulton. 
Xvery one had a fine time and there was no dia- 
senting vote when resolutions were passed thank- 
ing the officials for what they had done to make 
a pleasant time for us all. 

The next meeting will be at Pierre, date to be 
announced later. 

Meeting was called to order by Secretary Tyner 
at ] p. m., delay being caused by dinner. Roll was 

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called, each representative saying a few words in 
regard to how things were running. Right here 
we want to say that conditions on this division arc 
better than on any other on the system, as out 
of all those called not one had a kick to register. 
Isn't that a fine reputation for a division to have? 

Mr. Goodykoontz was next on the carpet and 
he was ready with a talk of good proportions. 
Block system. Western Union business reports 
and more things than we can think of now. He 
received a hearty applause. Now, boys, do the 
square thing always by Mr. Goodykoontz and you 
will never regret it. Since he has been on the 
division the telegraphers and agents have received 
more favors than at any tim past in the history of 
the division. 

Trick Dispatchers Davenport, Kelly, Jones and 
Hazen were on deck, but did not have much to 
say. Mr. Davenport spoke of the pleasure of 
having the opportunity of meeting so many that 
he would otherwise know only on the wire. Mr. 
Kelly complimented the larger stations. He says 
that they answer calls quicker than the smaller 

Mr. Jones, agent at Huron, was in attendance, 
but did not have anything to offer; would rather 

We are not going to attempt to name those who 
were present at the meeting, as it would be too 
much like reading the list of agents. 

Get after that Western Union wire. Huron 
now is starting in to call all offices who have busi- 
ness which had not been taken care of and notify 
them so that it will not be longer delayed. Do not 
get sore, as the idea is to reduce the number of 
claims for delayed business and increase the effi- 
ciency of the service. 

All try and come to the meeting at Pierre. 
Your presence is very mtKh desired. An auxiliary 
to the O. R. T. on this division is the Agents' As- 
sociation, which was organized at Brookings with 
Bro. H. D. Harrington as president and Bro. H. 
A. Stimson, of De Smet, as secretary. We will 
hold joint meetings, which will not require meet- 
ing so often. If you are asked to write a paper 
for the meeting do your best and do not pass it up 
for some one else. 

Bro. Ford, of Lake Preston, read a very fine 
paper on "Over and Shorts and Bad Order," which 
was listened to with pleasure. 

A stenographer was employed to take down the 
record of the meeting, but thus far he has failed to 
send in his transcription. 

Bro. Boughner, of Garvin, will leave for the 
Pacific coast as soon as relieved. 

Bro. E. Erickson, at Verdi, was taken very sick 
June 34tb, and was obliged to close that station 
until he was able to go to work. 

Bro. A. W. Tyner, of Elkton, spent.Sunday, the 
9th of June, in the Twin Cities. 

Bro. E. A. Nohlgreen, of Estelline, went to St. 
Paul the 9th of June to see his wife who was 
rick in one of the hospitals there. He reports an 
improvement, for which we are very glad. 

Bro. T. A. Yates, of Astoria, also was in the 
Twin Cities the 9th of June. 

Bro. Wilson, of Esmond, relieved Bro. Bager, 
at Wolsey, for a couple of weeks. Wihon says 
that they need a helper at Wolsey. 

A. W. T. 

Sioux City Division — 

Banquet at Sioux City. Iowa. June 16, 1907. 
There may he some dead ones on this division, but 
to be at Sioux City at our O. R. T. banquet, which 
was held at the West Hotel, you would not have 
thought so. The Moville Line has always been 
noted for slow ones who in the time of need to 
make a good showing were very slow. There was 
only the ones who you can always depend upon 
when the O. R. T. has anything doing at all. 

On the Onawa Line every man from Stanhope 
to Wall Lake was there with his wife or some one 
else's wife, except Bro. Sands, of Stratford, but 
he was away visiting or no doubt he also would 
have been present. From Wall Lake to Onawa, 
only the men at Battle Creek, Arthur and Turin 
did not attend. But on the whole, we surely had 
a fine time. 

We were served a six<ourse dinner, which was 
enjoyed by all and highly complimented Mr. and 
Mrs. Donahue, proprietors of the West. After 
dinner toasts were in order. Local Chairman Bro. 
I. B. Haymond, of Ida Grove, being toastmaster. 
He made a few remarks about the arrangements 
he had made with the weather man, who had gone 
entirely against instructions, and asked Supt. S. H. 
Brown to see that he got the G. B. at once, which 
Mr. Brown said would be done on account of hav- 
ing such a warm day. 

Bro. Haymond next called on Bro. G. A. Swan- 
Strom, of Dayton, Iowa, for a toast on "Why We 
Are Here," and when he got through we all knew 
why we were there, as you may always expect 
something pretty good from Swanstrom. 

Next man called on was Bro. T. W. McClanahan, 
of Mapleton, Iowa, who gave a toast on "Our 

We were to have Superintendent of Telegraph 
of C. & N. W. Ry., G. W. Dailey, of Chicago, III., 
give a toast on "The Lessons of the Day." but 
owing to a meeting of the officers in Chicago, 111., 
he could not attend, but sent a letter which he 
requested read, which request was complied with 
hy Bro. L. E. Nokes, of Lake City. 

Next man called was our worthy division super- 
intendent, S. H. Brown, who always has about 
three stories to go with what he has t" say and 
they are always good ones, too. 

The next called was C. T. Boone, trainmaster of 
Sioux City Division, who said that every time he 
was called on to say anything he always had to 
follow Mr. Brown and when he (Mr. Brown) got 
through the ground was entirely cove 

Next called was Chief Train Di». itcher C. J. 
.Smith, who spoke on "What I think," and he gave 
a very nice talk. 

The next man to have his say was General Chair- 
man Jas. Troy, but owing to going to sleep oa 

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duty, let No. 25 run by Jewell Jonction and could 
not get there. He wa« to Ulk on "What We Are 
Doing." Every one present I think was sorry to 
miM his talk, u he always has somethinK that in- 
teretts everyone. There were sixty-five present at 
the banquet. At each plate was a red souvenir of 
the occasion with the program and menu printed 
on same. 

Mr. M. G. Feltus, agent at Correctionville. is 
again back to work after watching his claim for the 
last few months. He was relieved by Bro. Hun- 
saker, who went to Whiting to relieve Mr. E. 
Westerman. who goes to work at Sioux City, "IID" 
office day*. 

Bro. F. H. Baker, agent at Moville, is trying to 
get a lay off, but one man went there to relieve 
him. but said it didn't look good to him, so Baker 
is still waiting. It's funny they won't let a fellow 
off when he wants to gel tied up. 

Bro. Treloar is laying off at Onawa, being re- 
lieved by Bro. Christopherson. 

Night Telegrapher French, from Sloan, is spend- 
ing a few days in the freight house at Onawa as- 
sisting Cashier Thomason in straightening the 
freight books, and also rustling freight and bag- 

Mr. Nicholson, from River Sioux, relieved 
French at Sloan, closing River Sioux nights. 

Bro. Thorpe, of Mapleton. is still after a lay off 
with very poor prospects of getting it. 

Our worthy Chief Train Dispatcher Mr. C. J. 
Smith has been relieved by Mr. C. M. St. Clair, 
who comes to us from the Wisconsin Division. 
Have not heard what Mr. Smith is going to do, 
but hope he will get something better. 

M. J. Shorten, formerly Bro. Shortell. of Maple- 
Ion, who has been farming for the past three years 
in the vicinity, has accepted a position as lightning 
slinger for the C. M. ft St. P. Mike, no doubt, 
will get in line again as soon as he gets settled. 

Am indebted to Bros. Thorpe, Christopherson 
and T. M. Noe for information this month. I 
asked several of the other brothers to contribute 
their mite, hut did not hear from them. 

Next regular meeting at Sioux City, July 14th. 
Everybody come. 

Cards are nut announcing the marriage of Chas. 
M. Shaw, cashier at Wall I^ake. to Miss L« Ohl 
on June lotb. They have the congratulations of a 
host of friends. CtsT. 231. 

Madison Btoision — 

Brothers, is it not a great pleasure to see so 
many new faces at our meetings? Take our last 
meeting June 8th, for instance; there were several 
there, also a visiting brother, E. C. Hunley, from 
Gorgan, Minn. 

Every month I receive items and letters from 
different brothers, saying they could not be present 
and were very much disappointed because of their 
inability to attend. The many brothers who turned 
out to this last meeting enjoyed listening to Bro. 
f.. F. Schneider, who gave us much information 
about the doings at the convention. 

It is planned to invite Mr. G. W. Dailey, Super- 
intendent of Telegraph, Chicago; Mr. P. J. 
O'Brien, Superintendent: Mr. A. F. Reiner, As- 
sistant Superintendent; Mr. J. W. Layden, Train- 
master; Mr. H. D. Schooff, Chief Train Dis- 
patcher, and as many of the gentlemen in the dis- 
patcher's office at Baraboo as can get away; alto 
our General Chairman, Bro. Jas. Troy, to attend 
our next meeting, which will be held in the near 

A few lines about membership. A good member 
is one who pays his assessments and dues promptly; 
He makes it his practice to pay early so as to be 
sure of being on the safe side. Now, we have 
four members on the Madison Division who have 
not paid the special assessment. They have until 
June 30th to square up. We also have three 
members who have not paid special assenment or 
semi-annual dues. These dues were payable Janu- 
ary ist. One of these members receives $ao per 
month, or $240 per year; bis dues are $15. The 
others receive from $5 and upward per month; 
their dues also are $15, including special assess- 
ment, and as all but one has worked from between 
nine and twenty-five years for this company there 
is no need of mentioning the many other conces- 
sions the O. R. T. has secured for them. What 
can their excuse be for not remitting? Can Bro. 
White, who at all times extols the older agents, 
tell OS why they who get $$5 per month and up- 
ward, are not as able to pay their dues as the poor 
night men or tower telegraphers who get but 
$52.50 per month? 

Personally, I know these persons to be good 
men. Now it is up to them to pay up and thereby 
become good members. Yet, brothers, it Ukes 
more than that to become good members. You 
must be faithful and regular in attending our 
meetings; do not be tatisfied to leave the busi- 
ness in the hands of those who must be there, but 
remember it is also your business to be there to 
do your part in encouraging the officers and mem- 
bers in their work for the Order. 

You should always be willing to do your full 
share of the work and do not be afraid of doing 
too much. At suitable times and occasions speak 
a good word for the Order. Do not be a knocker, 
and attribute selfish motives to everyone who 
differs with your ideas in doing business, but give 
them credit of being as unselfish in their aims 
and as honest in their intentions as you are. Keep 
everlastingly after worthy nons. Remember your 
obligation and try to live up to it Give the com- 
pany the best service; be polite to the public. 
Honor the men in the Wisconsin Legislature who 
did their best to give us the eight-hour law. 
Then and not until then, may you consider your- 
self a good member. 

With good members our committee will be able 
to accomplish the work that is before them when 
they go in for another conference with our officials. 

You may now add P. F. Eberts', Leyden; L. G. 
Abts, Oregon; M. M. Zeches, Mendota, to your 
list of members. They have become such since 
the last write-up. 

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Should any member become delinquent their 
name* will appear in our column hereafter. We 
hope you may never see youn there. 

Thi* is the last week of this session of the 
Wisconsin Legislature. The eight-hour day bill is 
now in the hands of the Senate's Committee on 
Transportation, who will report for final passage 
this week. 

Our former correspondent, Bro. J. E. Warner, 
shows that he sympathizes with your correspondent 
and he does it in a way we appreciate very much, 
vis., with a big bunch of items. 

C. J. Stephens, the hard-working brother from 
l.afce Mills, has taken the Waukesha day job on 
bulletin. Bro. A. G. Eisner is holding down Lake 
Mills days till it is bulletined. 

Bro. C. C. Hinners, who was at Lake Mills a 
few days, is back at the owl job as handy man in 
dispatcher's ofiice, Baraboo. 

Bro. H. L. Reeves, agent at Waunakee, was re- 
lieved a few days by T. J. Tracy. Tracy's job at 
Kendalls days is now being held by Bro. J. E. 
Dalbicr, with Bro. M. Hendrickson nights. 

Mr. F. C Willey, the genial agent at Reedsburg, 
is again smiling behind the ticket window after 
several weeks' vacation. 

D. R. Roach is relieving Bro. White at Deer- 
field, a few days. 

Bro. Pat Keeffe spent a day or two at Trem- 
pealeau, his home. 

Bro. M. H. Keefte is holding down the seat in 
"BY" oflke, Baraboo, while Bro. Hinners is in 
the general ofiice. 

Bro. D. C. Babcock has been relieving W. F. 
Copcland, the agent and grief juggler at Jefferson 
Junction for a few weeks, while Cope has been 
enjoying a siege oi "under-the-weatherness." 

T. J. Tracy is relieving Bro. T. L. Peck, agent 
at Dodgeville. We understand Bro. Peck intends 
taking an extended vacation. This breaks up the 
reputation of the west end for being solid, as Mr. 
Tracy does not carry a card. We hope the 
brothers on the west end will convince him of his 
error and that he will be properly equipped in the 
near future. 

We notice Bro. W. C. Swart's name among the 
list of changes on the Wyoming & N. W. Ry. of 
recent date. He was acting agent at. Landers and 
i» now agent at Walton, Wyo., and has living 
rooms in the uepot. He writes these rooms are 
all oil finished and fixed in fine shape. He likes 
it first rate and sends his regards to the brothers 
on the Madison Division. 

Bro. Walter Sullivan is also doing well out in 
that country. 

Bro. Sidney J. Kelts, who has been working 
extra in the general office, on the quad ^nd on the 
tracer jobs, turned in his papers a few days since, 
and has departed for the West. 

Mr. H. E. Patterson, first trick south end, was 
off several days attending the convention of the 
I. O. O. F. at Superior. He reports an enjoyable 

Bro. E. W. White, of Deerfield, and Bro. W. E. 
Sparling, of Trempealeau, attended the Grand 
Lodge I. O. O. F. at Milwaukee recently. 

The personnel of the dispatcher's office at Bara- 
boo has been undergoing a few slight changes. 
Our genial night chief, C. M. St Clair, has been 
appointed chief on the Soo City Division, with 
headquarters at Sioux City. We dislike to see 
Charles go, but are all glad to see him getting his 
dues in the way of a weli.eamed promotion. Al- 
fred R. Pelnar, who has been acting night chief, 
will assume these duties regularly, and John N. 
Hull, Jr., will be the night chief during the vaca- 
tion period. All good fellows, who deserve to get 
there with both hands and feet. 

Dispatchers Patterson and De Sautelle were in 
line for promotion, but passed it up. This leaves 
Robt. Risley, first trick days north end; Bro. Ed 
Roehm, second trick, and E. P. Wright, third 
trick north end regularly. Bro. H. R Koch is 
holding down the west end at preeant with plenty 
of work trains moving. He is doing good work. 

Bro. Frank L. Crevits, the cross line dispatcher, 
who has been at home sick for some time, is not 
progressing as fast as his friends desire, but ex- 
pects to be able to resume work before long. 

Bro. F. Cam, agent at Magnolia, is off for a 
couple of weeks visiting relatives in Iowa and 
Dakota. D. R. Roach is relieving him. 

Bro. W. H. Hansen was on the sick list for 
several days, Bro. M. Hendrickson doing the work 
at Evansville nights meanwhile. 

Bro. L. M. Burt, agent at Brooklyn, was off for 
a short time resting up. Bro. M. Hendrickson re. 
lieved him. 

Bro. C. H. Bennett, West Allis days, enjoyed a 
trip at Lancaster one Sunday lately. 

Bro. C. P. Kellogg. Sr., agent at Calhoun, has 
been on the sick list for some time. Telegrapher 
A. E. Johnson, who we understand hails from 
Oregon, relieved him. Bro. Kellogg is now much 
improved and able to be at work again. 

Bro. R. n. Wood has resumed duty as agent at 
Merrimac after a month's vacation. Bro. F. H. 
Main, who relieved him, went to Dane for a few 
nights and from there to Monona Yard, "FR," to 
relieve Bro. C. O. Butler, who is taking in the 
Jamestown Exposition. Telegrapher S. W. Han- 
num is now in charge of Dane nights. He will hr 
with us as soon as be passes the age qualifications. 

Bro. J. Roberts, agent at Lodi. is taking a vaca- 
tion and contemplates taking a trip to England. 
Bro. R. W. Irwin is acting agent during his ab- 
sence, with Bro. Chas. Mcintosh as day telegra- 
pher, who was relieved nights by Telegrapher A. J. 

We were very sorry to hear of the demise of 
Conductor John Mclntyre, Chairman of B. of R. 
T.. who died at his home in Baraboo June iqth. 
The C. & N. W. Ry, loses a faithful employe an<l 
the B. of R. T. a faithful member, as he was a 
good union man and fair to all. Schneider Lodge, 
Div. 76, O. R. T., sent a floral offering and ex- 
tends sympathy to his family. 

Bro. Barnhart, Caledonia ni^'its, worked a month 
for the I. C. Ry. on Dubuque Division and reports 
them very short of operators. 

We are sorry to hear of the death of Bro. J. A. 
Richardson's sister. She was a daughter of Mr. 

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James Richardson, who has been flagman at Cale- 
donia for many years. We extend to Mr. Rich- 
ardson and family our sincere sympathy. 

Bro. Corcoran relieved Bro. Richardson one 
nifbt at Caledonia. TJiey closed Tower "EA" that 
night on account of no extra telegrapher. 

Bro. A. G. Thomas, tower "EA" days, is laying 
off to get the kinks out of his legs. Telegrapher 
Duprey relieving him. 

Bro. Friesleben, from Norwalk nights, acted as 
agent at Trempealeau for a few days while Bro. 
Sparling was at Milwaukee improving his knowl- 
edge in the beautiful teachings of Masonry. 

A. J. Duprey enjoyed changing off with Bro. 
Brandt while Bro. Friesleben was away. 
. There was a large crowd at Ablemans June lath 
on account of Woodmen picnic and three extra 
passenger trains were run between Baraboo and 
Elroy to handle the passengers. All reported a 
good time. 

The Sauk County farmers enjoyed a trip to 
Madison, where they visited the State University. 
It took three extra passenger trains. 

Another excursion coming off from the west 
end, that is Galena to Madison, took in the sights 
at Devil's Lake the 19th. 

Just as we were about to send in these items 
we learn that Bro. H. R. Koch is holding down 
the third trick north end, and Bro. V. R. Harding 
the west end trkk, with Bro. C. C. Hinners on the 
tracers job. 

Bro. F. L. Crivits is reported to be a very sick 
man. This we are truly «orry to hear and we 
wish him a speedy recovery. Frank was getting 
nicely started in dispatcher's ofSce. 

Bro. C. B. Adams is enjoying a trip south. 
When he returns, I "13," he will resume work 
on this division. 

Bro. J. A. Barnes, at tower "PD," was called to 
Milwaukee Sunday, June 23d, where his mother 
is critically ill. We hope for the best. 

Do not forget to pay your dues. 

Div. Co». 

IVUconsin Dhwon — 

Our Waukegan meeting June aid, was fairly at- 
tended from north, south and west. There may 
have been a few missing who could have been 
there, and if such was the case they were the 

Bro. Paull, agent at Hebron, took a few days' 
vacation; relieved by Telegrapher Bruneau. 

Day telegrapher at Bain Junction tower, day and 
night men at Cary, promise to be with us this 
month, and day man at Genoa Junction tower ex- 
pects to join July ist. Evidently the boys are 
slowly but surely learning to know a good thing 
when they see it. 

R. D. Stone, day man at Janesville passenger 
station, has filled out papers, and by the time you 
read this will be a full fledged brother. 

W. Waite, night operator at Janesville passenger 
station; W. Bradley, days at Clinton Junction, and 
G. W. Dowie, days at Sharon, have all made good 
and joined our ranks. We cordially welcome our 
new brothers. This leaves one poor little lone- 

some non between Janesville and Harvard, who 
faithfully promised Bro. Bitz that he would join 
us. Up to this date he has remained on the out- 
side of the fence and shows no inclination what- 
ever to help support the organization that secured 
for him $iao per year, besides his meal hour every 
night, which amounts to about $7 per month, 
making him a total of about $200 per year. It is 
needless to mention his name, as we all know 
to whom I refer. 

Bro. E. H. Woodbury, nights at Shopiere, re- 
lieved the agent at Alden recently. 

Bro. Bingham, days at Janesville yard, took his 
summer vacation, being relieved by Bro. Woodbury 
on his return from Alden. 

Bro. Bixby, days at Shopiere. was next in line 
for a rest, and Bro. Woodbury wore the agent's 
cap for a few days upon Bro. Bingham's return. 

Bro. Raymond, extra telegrapher, held Shopiere 
nights, while Bro. Woodbury did the relief stunt. 

The work on the new yard at South Janesville is 
progressing finely. Two work trains between 
Janesville Yard and Shopiere, on single track, with 
two intermediate sidings and telephone connec- 
tions, keep Bro. Bingham from getting lonely. 

Bro. Woodbury has returned to Shopiere nights, 
displacing Bro. Raymond, who went to Des Plaines 
nights, for a short time. 

Mr. C. H. Baer, of Rogers Park, is relieving 
Agent Murphy at Summerdale. 

Our jolly brother C. F. O'Connor, of Kenil- 
worth, has been putting in some time on a posi- 
tion not scheduled, namely, jury service. He lived 
through it all right and has returned to his station. 

We are glad to see the happy face of our old 
timer, Bro. Anhalt, at his position at Highland 
Park days. 

On Wednesday evening, June 5th, at the bride's 
home, occurred the marriage of Bro. C. .\. Nelson, 
of Evanston, and Miss Francis Huston, of Chicago. 
Bro. Wightman, of Evanston, acting as best man, 
and Miss Mayme Adams, of Chicago, as bridesmaid 
gracefully assisted the happy couple to the altar 
to receive their life sentence. The groom is not 
engaged in the railway service at present, but 
carries an up-to-date card and is a loyal brother. 
The brothers of Div. 76 join in wishing Bro. Nel- 
son and his charming bride a long and happy life. 

Bro. Dove, who has held Evanstoif nights the 
last few months, has resigned and intends to go 
West, seeking a more congenial climate. We are 
sorry to lose him, but wish him success wherever 
he may go. 

Bro. Avery is doing the owl stunt at Evanston 
until the position is bulletined. 

We understand Bro. Mansnerus has accepted a 
lucrative position in the auditing department. 


North Wisconsin Division — 

Bro. Bakken, of De Pere, off a few days, being 
relieved by Bro. Villisse, who was relieved by 
Bro. Stark, of Kaukauna. Bro. Stark relieved by 
a Mr. Ward. Understand he is up to date. 

C. T. Sund, cashier at Appleton for the past four 
years, has been appointed agent at Fort Atkinson, 

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G. W. Cook having accepted a position with the 
W. C Ry. at RockcfeUer, III. Bro. Remmell has 
the position of cashier at Fort Atkinson. Mr. 
Sund, who is now eligible according to the change 
in oar preamble, should send in bis application 
papers and make "CB" strong and up to date. 

We have members on the division who are de- 
linquent in their dues, who feel that they have not 
been treated right and are going to drop out. Re- 
member the old saying "no cards, no favors/' 
when favors are asked. 

Bro. Bomick received tower "CP" nights, on last 

Bro. Learned, of Juneau, goes to Princeton, he 
receiving that position by bulletin. Miss Conner 
relieved him at Juneau. 

Bro. Hackbert of! for a few days, Bro. I.eary 
relieving bim. 

Bro. Abbs, of Eldorado, relieved at Princeton 
until transfer of agents was made, he being re- 
lieved by his brother. 

We should all go over President Perham's cir- 
cular letter very thoroughly, and especially heea 
the warning in regards to the student. The time 
was never so opportune to better our conditions; 
it is up to each and every one of us. All w< 
need to accomplish the desired results is solid or- 
ganisation, and personal interest in the welfare of 
onr noble Order. President Perham has explained 
matters so thoroughly that I will not attempt to 
do so. All that b asked is that each member do as 
instructed. Bro. Kempke's letter in regards to 
prompt payment of dues should also be considered 
as our first duty. We have a nice amount of 
money at our disposal in the treasury and this 
money will be used for the betterment of our 
conditions. Pay your dues promptly and keep 
after your neighbors, should they be delinquent, 
and point out the necessity of having up-to-date 
cards all around. 

The meeting at Appleton was one of the best 
we have had and it goes to show that the boys 
are taking more interest. Bro. Wolverton, of 
Jefferson, was with us. We realize it is hard for 
the south end men to get out and we appreciate 
their coming, if it be but a few times; let more of 
them attend. 

Our July meeting will be an open meeting and a 
few days after this number is out. Bro. Troy will 
be with us and our division officers and train dis- 
patchers will be invited to address us. We also 
hope to have Mr. Daily with us. Let every man, 
whether member or non, arrange to attend. I am 
sure that Mr. Hammill and Mr. Lantz will be 
lenient and arrangements will be made so all can 
get back home that night. 

Hats off to the assemblymen and senators who 
supported the eight-hour bill in this State. All 
members having in their territory senators who 
fought against this bill, should point out to the 
public these representatives as not favoring public 
safety and should cast their votes for men who 
stand for the right. 

Every member should read the proceedings of 
the Grand Division. It will prove interesting and 
you can then realize what noble work the Order 

has done in the past and how bright our future will 
be if we do our duty as O. R. T. men. 

Wish every member having notes for the journal 
would mail them to me at State Hospital. It is 
but a few minutes work to write them down and 
if every member would do that our items would be 
very entertaining to us all. 

Our meetings from now on will be very inter- 
esting, as matters pertaining to the eight-hour day 
and outlining the work of our chairman on the 
General Committee. We all know our local chair- 
man can not do everything alone and we owe him 
our hearty support. Brothers, let us do our best 
and we will be well repaid. Attend meetings, keep 
after the nons and pay dues promptly are three 
essential things that should be lived up to by each 
one of us. 

The mention of R. J. Sund as a non-member 
should not be mistaken for Bro- J. O. Sund, of 
Juneau, as the latter has been up to date for two 
years. R. J. Sund is at "WF," and promises to 
be with us soon. Keep after the non-members 
and let us have a solid division by August ist. 

Cbrt. too. 
Catena Division — 

The meeting at Dixon, June isth, was a dis- 
appointment on account of the absence of Div. 
Supt. W. D. Beck and Chief Train Dispatcher 
A. L. Crabbs, but there was a goodly number of 
brothers present and we passed an enjoyable and 
profitable evening together. 

The next regular meeting will be held at Dixor 
July 20th; don't forget the date. We want a large 
number present, as some important matters will 
come up. 

Bro. L. D. Agnew is doing the agent's duties 
at Manlius. 

Bro. A. J. Bunzic, lately agent at Manlius. if 
working at Ashton as day telegrapher on account 
of sore foot and unable to do agent's work. 

Mr. I. L. Galbraith, of "AX" tower, is working 
nights at "JN" tower, Melrose Park. 

Bro. W. N. Flynn now selling tickets at West 

Bro. J. T. Emmert, days at Ashton, now checked 
in as agent at Flagg, Mr. Smith having left the 

Bro. W. R. Blair, first trick "XG," Kedzie Ave. 
tower, is assistant director Tower No. i. Wells St. 

Bro. F. L. Farmer, third trick "XG," working 
third trick Tower No. i. 

Bro. H. C. Dierks, second trick "XG," got first 
trick "XG" on bid. 

Bro. W. H. Harlan, days Green St., got second 
trick at "XG." 

Bro. R. C. Blackwell, from Peoria line, got 
third trick "XG." 

Mr. Chas. Trout is working days at Green St 

Bro. Hale, who was away on a vacation, has re- 
turned to California Ave. nights. 

Local Div. Cor. 
Lake Shore Division — 

The Lake Shore Division has been so sadly 
neglected in The Telecrapher since its creation 
as a separate division that I presume most of the 

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boys arc beginning to think that we are no longer 
on the map. Such is not the case, however, as 
these few items will prove. 

We have had one or two instances recently 
where agents locked up depot and left for parts 
unknown. This on account of company being too 
slow in relieving them. While it is bad to be 
held at a station for a length of time after one 
asks for relief, yet it puts a telegrapher in a bad 
light not alone in the eyes of the railroad com- 
pany, but also in the eyes of the public. In cases 
of sickness it is different and always excusable. 
However, in the recent cases we are pleased to 
note that the deserters were not brothers. 

Bro. Sellnow relieving Bro. Kilsdonk at Dun- 
das. Bro. Kilsdonk sick. 

Mr. C. E. Reynolds relieving Bro. Hackett at 

Bro. Hahn relieving Bro. Cook at Two Rivers. 

Bro. Provitz working i8 hours a day at present 
on accotmt of incompetent assistants. His night 
man a non. 

One or two of our brothers very lax in paying 
dues for past period. Afraid they will lose their 
cards. This is wrong; we are getting stronger 
each year and it is no time for backsliding. With 
one or two exceptions each ofEce on the division 
got an increase of $5 per month last fall and 
surely we can afford to contribute $10 of the $60 
each year to the Order that was instrumental in 
getting us this increase. 

Bro. Zemicke, of Bonduel, is taking a short 
vacation with the purpose in view of getting mar- 
Mr. Stelling is relieving Bro. Zernicke at Bon- 
duel. Stelling promises to become a brother as 
soon as he gets located. By the way, there are 
several of the boys who have promised to get in 
line soon, and all of them are men of their word, 
so we can look for several new members in a 
short time. 

We hope to have a meeting by the time this is 
in print and select some division officers and estab- 
lish a division treasury to meet local expenses. 

Bro. Ramsdell, from the Ashland Division, is 
relieving Bro. Weeman, at Shawano, Bro. Weeman 
taking a well.eamed vacation. 

Bro. Jacoby, "MS" tower nights, has resigned 
and is waiting to be relieved. We don't want 10 
see Bro. Jacoby go unless he is bettering himself, 
in which case we withdraw our objections. 

Bro. Serier, Ljmdhurst, enjoying life under ad- 
verse circumstances. No house to be had and Ike 
is living with the section foreman. 

Send any items of interest you may know to 
local chairman until we can arrange for a division 

Don't forget your dues are payable and you 
should have a new card. Cert. 1536. 

Ashland Division, South End — 

Business has been slacking up a little and the 
boys at the heavy jobs are glad of it after a hard 
grind all winter. Summer is here at last and we 
will have a little respite from throwing coal into 
that Volcano No. 20. 

There is great rejoicing over the passage of the 
Wisconsin eight-hour law for telegrapher* and 
train dispatchers. This law went through the 
lower bouse without a dissenting vote, but met 
with considerable opposition in the Setute and was 
almost killed in committee. It was finally passed 
however, by the surprising vote of 18 to 5. It was 
strongly opposed in the Senate by Senator Wilcox, 
of Appleton, Wis., and would ask the brothers 
in this district to remember this when he comes 
up for re-election. We are greatly indebted to 
Carl D. Thompson for the fathering of this law, 
and his untiring efforts in its behalf. A tablet 
ought to be erected to his memory and we hope 
the good he has done for the telegraphers will last 
forever. Mr. Thompson is a Social Democrat and 
was elected from some Milwaukee district. 

Now, that this eight-hour law is a fact we must 
marshal our forces for the purpose of resisting 
any retaliatory policy on the part of the railways. 
Without a doubt an attempt will be made to reduce 
our wages and it is up to us to take a determined 
stand against any more of this kind. Our wages 
are not too high by any means and it is an im- 
possibility for us to live on anything less. 

To those brothers who took the time to write 
their representatives and Senators we should also 
be very thankful. They must now realize the 
good that was accomplished as a result and Jan- 
uary ist can commence to reap the benel!ts of their 

Brothers, the eight-hour law is the best thing 
that ever happened to us. You will be troubled 
no more with brain fag after twelve long hours 
on duty and will now have ample time to spend at 
home with your families and carry on other pur- 
suits that will be beneficial to yourselves. 

The meeting at Autiqo May s6lh was a great 
success in bringing about a better feeling of the 
men towards their officials and vice versa. We had 
an opportunity of meeting them all. The men 
also had the chance of meeting each other and 
getting better acquainted with their working part- 
ners. In point of attendance the meeting was a 
record breaker, fully 150 being present, and it was 
through the kindness of our worthy officials that 
we had such a large crowd. They went to con- 
siderable trouble to provide the extra train service 
which enabled so many of the brothers to be on 
hand. We hope that we may have more of such 
meetings, as we are of the opinion that they are 
productive of much good. Our north end corre- 
spondent has also made some reference to this 

We are in receipt of regrets from our secretary 
and treasurer, Bro. P. W. Raettig on account of 
him not being able to attend the Antiqo meeting. 
May 23d. He states that his wife is laid up in 
a hospital for the purpose of undergoing an opera- 
tion. We hope she will come safely through it 
and extend the sympathy of all the brothers on 
the division. 

Bro. C. E. Ramsdell has given up the agency 
at New London Junction and is at present reliev- 
ing Bro. Weeman, agent at Shawano, while he is 
on his vacation. 

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Bra. H. E. James goe« to opoi Turtle Lake as 
agent for the summer season. Wbitcomb, his 
former position, is closed nights meantime. 

Bra H. M. Kilsdonk at present holding down 
Antiqo Yard oCSce nights; understand he gets Kim- 
berly days, a new position just created. 

Bro. Plansburg, at Appleton days, went on a 
fishing trip last month and understand he had 
good IucIe. 

Mr. Wilde is at present working at New Lon- 
don nights. He is from the W. C. Kj. and has 
promised to get in line soon. 

Bro. Auqus lias been trsnsferred to Ore Dock 
Yard on account of him having been there the 
rear before and being acquainted with the system 
of weighing iron ore. 

Bro. Bnnge has returned from the West and is 
at present holding down Wauaau Junction nights. 

Bro. Laughlin off on a few weeks' vacation, be- 
ing relieved by Bro. Ted Laughlin, his brother. 
Understand he gets State Line on bulletin. 

We had a good meeting at Autiqo June sjd and 
transacted some very important business. We bad 
a nice crowd out, although not as large as that at 
the open meeting the month before. 

Bro. HoUister, agent at Larson, spent a couple 
of weeks of vacation at his home in Iowa. 

Bra. Dmmm was the successful aplicant for 
Kankanna nights. 

Bro. 1. E. Hackett, of the L. S. Division, who 
is making a trip ever the line in the intereit 
of the Order, getting acquainted, etc., called on 
Local Chairman Nelson, of the Ashland Division, 
and remained over night at Kaukaunna. 

Cnr. aj. 

Ashland Division, North Bni — 

No news from thb end for the past two or three 
month on account of nothing much doing. With 
the help of a few of the boys who were kind 
enough to send in some news items, will try to 
write up the news for this period, some of which 
will seem rather old. 

At the open meeting at Antigo. Wis., Simday, 
.May 26th, was the first opportunity the writer 
had of meeting the brother telegraphers on this 

The meeting was opened in an introductory 
speech hy Bro. L. F. Nelson, local chairman, who 
introduced the various speakers and made a few 
remarks relative to our duty to the oCBcials and 
ourselves. Bro. D. R. Hickok and Bro. J. D. 
I.anxfalin also made a few remarks, all of which 
arere well received by the visiting brothers. 

Superintendent Quigley, Superintendent of Tele- 
graph G. D. Dailey, Assistant Superintendents Ben- 
nett and Sampson and Chief Dispatchers Coughlin 
and ntzgerald also made short speeches relative 
to block system, handling W. U. business, handling 
foreign cars, etc., which were very instructive and 
prodiKtive of much good. We did not get time 
to meet all tbe brothers and nons of the south 
end, but met all the north end brothers and nons, 
the latter, of which I am glad to say, there were 
onl; a few and • little missionary work of the 

right sort should land them all with the exception 
of one or two. 

Few changes taken place since last write-up, 
which are as follows: 

Ore Dock Yard opened up with the advent of 
the ore season with Bro. Angus and Mr. Hun- 
covsky on duty. 

Brand new depot at Saxon now In use with Bros. 
Meredith and Scbaefer doing the logging act 

Bro. W. F. Faber called to Menominee on ac- 
count of the death of one of his parents. Unable 
to learn who is holding down Odanah nights dur- 
ing his absence. 

Bro. H. Heinrichs got tired of the woods at 
Mercer and left for parts unknown. J. L. Burgsr 
got Mercer on bulletin. Nights ofliee opened up 
at this station held down by Bro. John Schilleman. 
He is a new member but the right kind just the 

F. W. Atchison now holds up-to-date card and 
captured Tomahawk Lake station on bulletin. 

New man at Rhinelander nights name Penney. 
Understand he holds up-to-date card. 

Wonder why thoae nons that promised to join us 
"next pay day" three months ago haven't sent in 
their application blanks. They must have decided 
to wait until we get another raise for them and 
then perhaps they will join. 

On account of heavy wire work during night, 
we now have a night telegrapher at Ashland dis- 
patcher's office and it's a lady, but hardly any 
hopes of her being a sister; unable to team name. 

Temporay oflices opened up at Wellington and 
Turtle to facilitate movement of work trains. 
Extensive improvements being made on tbe Iron- 
wood- Wateismeet line in way of graveling etc. 

Wish the boys would send in any news which 
they may get hold of so as to reach me before the 
fSth of each month and we may then be able to 
have a little write-up in our journaL 

Understand it is Bra. H. J. Johnson recently 
from south end, who is handling the gravel trains 
at Wellington pit 

C. H. Eva, day telegrapher in dispatcher's office, 
off for about a week. Understand he had to under- 
go an operation, but sec the gentleman is back at 
work again. Bro. J. B. Duval, from south end, 
relieved him. 

Bro. M. E. Fry, agent at Woodruff is to have 
help in the way of a day terlgrapher, which he 
certainly needs. Position is on bulletin now. 

Cbst. 409. 

Duluth, South Shore A Atlantic Railway. 

IVtittm Division — 

Seeing a few lines from Mackinaw Division 
and nothing from the Western Division, concluded 
I would try (with the help of a few of the 
brothers) to have the Western Division repre- 
sented in Ths TxLXCKArHn. Only one or two 
of the brothers were thoughtful enough to send 
in sny notes, so this will not be very lengthy. 

Bro. Stuesser, formerly day telegrapher at Lake 
Nebogamor, has taken agency at Bruer's Crossing, 

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vice Bro. L. V. Green transferred to another 

Bro. L. R. Brown relieved Bro. Stuesser at 
Lake Nebogamor. 

Bro. W. E. Johnson has been enjoying a few 
weeks' vacation, making a trip to Chicago, Duluth, 
and also one to Marquette. Bro. H. A. Lawrence, 
from P. M. R. R., fills the chair at Lake Gogebi« 
during bis absence. 

There is a new man at Matchwood, Mr. Chas. 
A. Nelson by name, and by the time the June 
TELESaAPHEK reachcs you we hope to be calling 
him brother, as he has the necessary blanks before 

Mr. E. A. Campbell, night man at Ewen, has 
resigned to engage in farming. We are glad to 
see a loyal brother in Campbell's place, H. C. 
Omstard by name, from the Mackinaw Division. 

Bro. Crossey was elected to fill the vacancy 
in office of local chairman. Western Division, vice 
Bro. F. W. Knipple transferred to Haugbton 
Division, and he has appointed Bros. E. L. Crull, 
agent Kenton, and H. A. Lawrence, agent Lake 
Gogebic, as his assistants, and we hope to see 
them line up the few nons remaining on this 
division before many new moons. 

Bro. E. L. Crull, of Kenton, made a short 
trip to Sidnow Saturday evening on S. K. L. 
Go's Special. 

Over five (5) nons on this division at present. 
Can you point them out, boys? 

No stations on this division bulletined at present. 

It has been a long time since anything appeared 
from this division, and in fact the whole pike.'s hear from the Haugbton Division boys next 
time, also Mackinaw Division, and let the brothers 
all send in what news they have — notes, changes, 
or anything of interest for the good of the Order 
will be accepted. Cert. 56. 

Pennsylvania Lines West of Pittsburg. 

Louisville Division — 

This is the first attempt at a write-up for the 
Louisville Division, and hope some one will 
carry the work along, as I think a great deal of 
interest can be aroused in this way. If the mem- 
bers show no interest its certain the nons will 
not. and no one can blame them. No road has 
been organized without work and lots of it. We 
have a good start here, and if every one will do 
his share we will soon come near the 100 per 
cent mark. If you can not see the boys person- 
ally, write them and keep on writing until you 
either get their papers filled out or a flat refusal 
to join the Order. It doesn't make any difference 
whether the one you are after is located near 
you or not. If he is at the other end of the 
division stay with him, and by each one doing 
this way they will have to express some kind of 
an opinion. 

When the interurban line is completed to Louis- 
ville no division could have better facilities for 
meeting than we by making the meeting points 
at Columbus or Seymour. 

Don't think I'm butting in in making this 
spiel, as I'm sure everyone is welcome and has 

the same chance as I have to take advantage of 
The Telbgkaphkr to say what he thinks. 

Everyone should work for the best interest 
of the Order and cut out the ham factories. 

The company has awakened at last and has re- 
modeled the office at Greenwood. This office has 
been in a bad condition for some time, and no 
doubt the boys appreciate the new office. Bro. 
Farr did bis stunt in the waiting-room while the 
repairs were being made. 

Bro. Judd, Seymour days, was off for short 
time on account of death of his grandfather; 
was relieved by Bro. Casey, Christie nights. 

Bro. Wells, Harland days, granted ten days' 
leave of absence, but was recalled on eighth day 
on account of shortage of men. Bro. Judd, nights, 
did the day trick during bis absence, be being 
relieved by Mr. Roy White, an extra man. 

Amity nights has been closed on account of 
sickness of telegrapher Wheeler. 

We would be glad to see a write-up in The 
Telegraphex from the other divisions of the 
Pennsylvania lines west of Pittsburg. 

Bro. Sellers, Chestnut Ridge days, should find 
plenty of amusement at his place if be enjoys 
frog hunting and fighting mosquitoes, as the season 
for those sports is now on. Telegraphers Pfister 
and Coons, Cornbrook, have a good location to 
enjoy the same pastime. 

All brothers who have not paid dues and re- 
ceived the new card should do so at once. This is 

Bro. Stout, Edinburg days, is the proud posses- 
sor of a card. Glad to have him with us. 

Wish we had a solid division like Bro. Hanlin. 
He's certainly an honest worker and firm believer 
in O. R. T. 

Operators still very scarce. Bro. Judd had hard 
time getting relieved to attend funeral of his 

"JK," our first trick dispatcher, is out on the 
road examining telegraphers on book of rules and 
instructions. Better study, .boys. 

Bro. Casey working days at Austin while Big 
Ike doing owl work at North tower. 

Understand the day men at North tower has a 

From all appearances the night school at Garfield 
is making good progress. Ought to be no trouble 
for the boys to get a vacation when the operators 
(?) there get their diplomas. 

Understand there is one or two brothers who 
still keep their students. This should be stopped 
immediately, as they are not only setting a very 
bad example to the nons, but also doing barm to 
themselves and fellow-workers. There is quite a 
ntmiber of telegraphers in this part of the cotmtry 
who will be glad to return to the profession when 
wages and working conditions justify them in re- 
turning, without teaching others. If the supply 
of telegraphers had been equal to the demand 
we would never have received the two increases 
in our salary last year. 

And now a word to the nons and am through. 
We need you and need you badly. Of course, it 
goes a little hard with the man with a family. 

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but nearly all our membcra arc married and seem 
to be getting along all right, and as for the fellow 
who has no one depending on him for support, 
there is no excuse whatever for bis remaining 
a non. 

Now is the time to fiU out those papers, not 
next pay-day. If you tsait to save the money to 
come in we don't expect to get you. Don't crack 
that old chestnut any more about "going to leave 
the service soon, but you think favorably of 
unionism," because that isn't giving us the help- 
ing hand. Don't wait on some of the rest of 
the boys going in because whether they do or not 
does not affect you in any way, but your actions 
do affect us. No advantage is gained by waiting 
on the other fellow. Get busy. 

AsE MxaTiN. 

FoH Handle Divisions — 

I don't think there has ever been anything in 
The TELEcaArHEB from this division, and I be- 
lieve this will be a welcome sight to some of the 
bays, who have, like myself, looked in vain for 
something from the Fan. 

This division has been making rapid strides 
toward organization in the last few months, and 
even the old P. H. stand-bys have began to sit 
up and take notice, and quite a few of them have 
already invested in an up-to-date. There are only 
a few nons left, and they are making lots of 

The division operator will tell you all kinds of 
things about the O. R. T., but that is what he 
is paid for and if he wasn't pretty good at that 
Idnd of spiel he would not be able to hold his 
job. I notice most of the boys' are wearing the 
button, that is a pretty good sign that they are not 
very badly scared. 

We have all received notice of dues for the 
Cuming half, and I hope every one will come 
across with the cash promptly. It's bad practice 
to put it off "till next pay-day" just because you 
can. An engineer who happens to get his money 
somewhere on the road will take the first oppor- 
tunity to get an express order and send in his 
dues; that's why he draws from $135 to $aoo per. 

If yon put it off, don't delay any longer. Be 
up-to-date on time. Ce>t. 238. 

Burlington Railway. 

After several weeks' work on our schedule, we 
6nally came to an agreement on Hay nth, jtist 
in time to allow those who were delegates to th» 
Grand Convention to depart for Minneapolis in 
tone to reach there for the opening on Monday 
morning. May 13th. 

The deliberations at Minneapolis lasted nine 
days; were very strenuous indeed, and this con- 
vention will go down as the most profitable in the 
history of the organization. 

Many good things were done; many hours were 
spent in debate on matters of great importance; 
many good laws passed and perhaps some rejected 
that many of us would like to have seen passed. 
We can not all see alike, but everything passed off 
nicely and we all returned to oar homes after the 

busy hum of the convention had pasaed away, there 
to resume our labors again for another two years, 
with the fond hope that we might all meet again 
in that grand old Southern city — Atlanta. 

On return to my fields of duty I find many 
weeks of hard work before me. Our new schedule 
was to reach us June ist, but did not show up 
until ten days later. It was, of course, not 
thought that a schedule could be made that would 
be highly satisfactory to alL The wage scale 
was, in fact, the first ever made on the Bur- 
lington System, and the committee used every- 
thing at its command to make it equitable, but it 
is certain that where errors are found they were 
not intentionally made; where they do occur it is 
the duty of every one who finds himself unfairly 
treated to write roe fully regarding his case and 
I will certainly endeavor to give the cases personal 
attention at the earliest possible time and take 
each case up on its merits, and see if they can 
be adjusted before the committee is convened 

It was certainly the sincere desire of the whole 
committee to give all a square deal, wherever it 
might seem to appear that this fact has not been 
carried out. It must be borne in mind the com- 
mittee did the very best it could with the in- 
formation in their hands. You should remember 
that unless we get the information asked for in 
advance of these conferences, we are going to be 
badly handicapped. 

I hope you can all see the situation and not con- 
demn the work of the committee. All o( us are 
human and are liable to err. No copimittee ever 
made a schedule the first time that was satisfac- 
tory to all. Where apparent oversights occur or 
you think poor judgment has been used, do not 
condemn the committee, but rather take the mat. 
ter up' in the proper manner as suggested above, 
and assist me in my endeavor to right these mat- 
ters. It would not be just to condemn us, drop 
out and say nothing; in other words, do not cross 
the bridge before you get to it. 

It is through your assistance that we hope to 
adjust your case. If you drop out you weaken 
your case and throw away that which is every 
year more profitable to you. 

It ia not only to be hoped that you will support 
your organization, but that you will at the same 
time discharge your duty faithfully to your em- 
ployer as well. By thus doing you will do some- 
thing that will make the task that much easier. 
You can not expect to win fame and fortune by 
sitting in your office doing nothing, when you have 
plenty to do. 

The smallest office on this system will afford a 
man work enough to keep him busy every day; 
that is, always providing that the man has the 
ambition to thrive. I usually find where the man 
has the least work the dirtiest oiBce. There is no 
apparent excuse for this; it is only thrift, ptish 
and ambition that wins, so it is to be hoped this 
will meet the gaze of some before the division 
superintendent happens to call you down. 

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The Railroad Telegrapher. 

I wu recently over a division that I wu actually 
ashamed to (o into the office*. If you wish to 
know why I will tell you. The offices and wait- 
ing rooms wecr so filthy and dirty that I was not 
certain whether I was in an office or bam yard. 
A word more on this will perhaps be sufficient. I 
would like to act as master of ceremonies for 
awhile on this particular district. This is meant 
for members of this organisation as well as non- 
members, but a careful canvass revealed the fact 
that on this particolsr division only four Order 
men have neglected their duty and one is over- 

There is no excuse for men who are not over- 
worked to have their office so filthy. Brothers, I 
have been around a great deal, but the cases I 
bring to your mind are certainly the limit, and in- 
stead of taking offense at this reference, I trust 
those effected will "saw wood." Perhaps I may be 
a little out of my sphere, but I must say I am 
sincere in this matter and can not refrain from 
speaking about it 

With an advance in wages there must, to a cer- 
tain extent, go with it an improvement in our 
work. I could not sincerely howl my hesd off 
for a $75 minimum and at the same time say cut 
out 50 per cent of the work, if we ever get it, and 
I believe we will if we go at it right. We must, 
moreover, show a better disposition to esm it 

We have men to-day who do not earn half 
they are getting, but many more who do not get 
paid for half they earn, still we all have our 
troubles, and some day hope to be paid what is 
justly due u*. We are looking forward to the 
future to bring to us all that which is rightfully 
ours; we hope, we trust, the time is not &r off. 

Railroad officials quite often criticise our organi- 
zation and tell us we uphold drunkenness and un- 
reliable men in so far as to take such characters 
into the Order. Men who are hard drinkers and 
dishonest have been a curse to all organizations 
as well as corporations, for many decades, and as 
long as liquor is sold to sap the manhood of 
men, we must expect they will trouble us to some 
extent, regardless of our efforts to cut it out and 
make conditions better. Railroads must share their 
proportion of the responsibility of having the 
drunkard in this Order. We get them in through 
error; they hire them and keep them in the service. 
It is a case then of "Bill stealing melons and John 
helping eat them." There seems but little, if any 
difference, only six of one and half a dozen of 
the other. 

I am sure the organisation is doing all it can 
at the present time to better conditions. I sm 
sure I am doing my part here on the Burlington 
and a like policy is carried out on other systems. 
It is a mistake for railroad officials to think we 
uphold the drunken element found floating over 
the country. We do not want them in the or- 
ganization and if the railroads will look into the 
matter more closely and use discretion and keep 
them out of the service I am quite sure it will 
not require a very great length of time to get 
this down to a minimum. 

Every agent has had his patience tried with this 
worthless clement I would, therefore, sugest that 
agent keep me posted regarding the bum element 
as soon ss one is located on the line. Kindly write 
me full particulars and I wilt look after him. It 
is an uphill business for one man to undertake 
this matter and expect to Accomplish much tmless 
he has assistance. No one has a greater desire 
to see good honorable men in the railroad service 
than myself; moreover, no one can be more in- 
clined to put them in the service than myself; 
but we all make errors and we are bound to make 
a mistake and permit one to pass us, but when one 
does get by and we find it out, we certainly use 
every effort to rid ourselves of him. 

Now, let us all use a little more effort to make 
our service more desirable, thus lightening the 
burden on the shoulders of the committee, and at 
the same time making this system }ne that can 
boast of having the best telegraphers and agents 
in the railroad service. 

No man b more honorable than he that earns 
his bread by the sweat of his brow. It is no dis- 
grace to be a railroad tcelgrapher, but to be sure, 
we know there is a class of people who look on 
the railroad man as a sort of a tool, a man who 
has little or no education, but I want to say that 
no other kind of employment has a more intelligent 
class of men than there is in the telegraph service. 

Therefore, let us all unite as one to still better 
our conditions and surroundings, so that when we 
get old and have to retire, we can look back upon 
the rough road of the past and say: "We have 
done our duty and hope the future generations to 
profit by our mistakes as well as by our good 

In conclusion, I must say we are certainly do- 
ing splendidly and we hope by the assistance of 
all of the telegraphers to make the future some- 
thing to which we can look with admiration. 


General CkairmaH. 

CHcago and Aurora Divisions — 

The most satisfactory change on the Chicago & 
Aurora Divisions the past month has been from 
nons to members. Most of the nons seem to be 
making every effort to get in tine at once. Some 
of the old-timers (agent) who have l>een out in 
the cold for years are anxious *o he called 

Bro. Johnson, General Chairman, made Leiand 
a visit and appointed Bro. Todd as local chairman 
of the Chicago & Aurora Division. 

Bro. Ranger, of Sandwich, is back to work 
after being off about five weeks on account of 
sickness. He got busy, however, and landed eight 
nons. Glad to hear he is getting ulong all right, 
and hope he will be able to throjr sway those 

Sandwich will be solid by the next write-up. 
Mr. Pratt, agent, and Mr. F. E. Brower, night 
telegrapher, will l>e with us the first of July. 

Piano also will be in line, with Agent Hc- 
Namara, Nucldey and Huffman, most of then 
having their applications in now. 

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Ed Noack, who ba* been doing the owl trick at 
"SA," has gone to Buda nights. Don't know 
whether it is stead/ or not. Next month we can 
call him Bro. Noack. for I have his application to 
be sent in with the next weekly report. 

Leland is solid O. R. T. Bro. Sexton, Bro. Todd 
and Bro. Dillon all have up-to-date cards. 

Mr. F. E. Stroud, formerly day telegrapher at 
Leland, has been promoted to agent at La Moille. 

Bro. Martin, who runs a store at I.a Moille, is 
carrying an up-to-date. I guess he's all right. 


SUrling Division — 

Our line of news for this, month is small, as 
most of the boys are too busy to send in items. 
The new schedule is now in effect. Some of our 
boys deserved more than they got and again some 
of us can find something for which to be thank- 
ful. Let us not be ungrateful. We may do bet- 
ter next time and the only way is for us all to show 
we are worthy of more pay and then keep trying 
to do our best. Always bear in mind that all 
these advances in wages are due to the effects of 
urpnized labor. Brothers, continue to look after 
all competitive business and increase receipts of 
your stations, showing that Order men are well 
worthy of every favor shown us. 

J. T. Maddox. 

Qnincy Branch, Galttlmrg Division — 

The first meeting of the Quincy Branch, Gales- 
burg Division, was held at Macomb June ad, and 
proved a decided success. The following members 
being present: Bros. A. A. Graves, T. P. Ogle, 
A. J. Peterson, F. S. Omer, G. W. Gray, J. E. 
Flack, L Flake, C. R. Martin, M. S. Chapman, 
G. W. Malone, D. L. Wisebart, ... R. Miner, C. 
G. Gibbs, E. W. Fuhr, A. M. Roberts, J. Foster 
and Local Chairman E Herxog. 

Bro Herxog was elected permanent chairman of 
this branch and Bro. Foster secretary. On a mo- 
tion by Bro. Flack it was unanimously decided to 
appoint a committee of three to make arrangements 
for monthly meetings of this branch and that ar- 
rangements be made for a meeting of the entire 
Galcaburg Division to be held at the most con- 
venient point, within sixty days, Galesburg to be 
the probable meting point. L C. Herxog appointed 
Bros. Roberts, Flack and Faster on this com- 
mittee and all members on the Galesburg Division 
are earnestly requested to put forth every effort 
to make arrangements so that we may have a large 
attendance at our next meeting, which will be 
announced later, and to make it a success. 

There arc to be three assistant chairmen ap- 
pointed, one on the "Stormy Route," one on the 
Peoria Branch and one on the Quincy Branch, to 
assist the local chairman in getting in touch with 
the members, and to get a line on things in gen- 
eral, so that the three branches may work in con- 
junction and assist each other in the general work 
of the Order. 

After the business session a vote of thanks was 
extended to the Elks for their courtesy and excel- 

lent service rendered the brothers in tendering the 
use of their hall anu its adjuncts. 

A visit was pam to the State Normal School, and 
the party was shown through that instittttion by 
Mr. S. B. Hursh, assistant president. It is the 
finest school is the State, being the most modem 
and up-to-date building of its kind in the United 
States. Too much can not be said in praise of the 
institution, and the truly able manner in which 
Prof. Hursh conducted the party around. A vote 
of thanks tendered P' . ilursh, and a hearty in- 
vitation was extended by him to the members of 
the Order to call again. 

It was through the untiring efforts of Era. 
Roberts that this meeting was arranged, and also 
through his efforts that the members were so 
royally entertained. 

Mr. Roberts, who acted as chaperon throughout 
the day, «ras also tendered a vote of thanks by the 
brothers, and we hope to entertain him in as able 
a manner in the near future. 

Owing to the short time we had it was impossi- 
ble to get notice to our brothers on the "Stormy 
Route" and Peoria Branches, but we sincerely 
hope to see all at the Galesburg meeting. 

Although many questioiu were discussed, the 
main object of the meeting was to get acquainted 
and to arouse an interest that will lead to the 
strengthening of our Order on this and other 

Some of the brothers along here could have at- 
tended, but did not, and so missed an enjoyable 
day. The brothers who would have attended, but 
could not, we hope to see at one of our future 
meetings and if our future meetings are as suc- 
cessful as the first one we are sure of a 90 per cent, 
if not solid, division. 

We understand that the committee has obtained 
on an average an 8 per cent increase, switch lights 
to be taken care of by the section men, to take 
effect June ist 

This increase is distributed mong the stations 
according to the class, the heavier offices getting 
the most, but generally effecting all stations. 

We understand that the schedule provides for a 
return to the old basis when the nine-hour day 
goes into effect, March i, 1908, and we regret 
that this condition was acceded to, although from 
all reports the committee did as well as possible 
under the circumstances, as Many of the brothers 
did not fill out the blanks furnished them for the 
purpose of informing the committee of how mat- 
ters stood at their stations, so that they could 
make demands to cover the work and conditions at 
the different offices. 

The telegraphers on the S. P. have been allowed 
a 71 K per cent increase with one-half day off 
Simdays, or »6 days a year on full pay. 

Gel in line, boys, and let us make the Galesburg 
Division solid. It's the only way to get the good 
things, and the Lord knows we are entitled to a 
few of them. 

No card, no favors. 

Bro. Roberts, Macomb days, has gone on a ten 
days' vacation. He will visit Chicago and, if pos- 
sible, Denver. 

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Mr. Ed Smith, former agent at Abingdon, has 
taken Bardolph agency. Hr. Smith is a good man 
and we hope to be able to get him into the fold. 

Mr. E. Kelly, Saltida days, has his papers made 
out and will be up-to-date in a very short while. 

Operators are supposed to handle the switches 
at the depots where there are intended sidings. 
There ought to be something in it if we have to 
act as switch tenders. Brakemen or conductors 
do not build fires or sweep the oflices for us. How 
about it? 

Personally we are in favor of the suggestion that 
we be paid by the hour for every hour worked. 
Thirty cents an hour on that basis would look 
good to yours truly. 

Bro. Foster has been appointed assistant local 
chairman for this branch, but have not yet heard 
who are to serve on the other branches. 

Better times are coming and they do not seem 
so far distant as they have been, and we may well 
rejoice in the knowledge that we will soon have a 
pretty solid division. Cekt. 589- 

Btardstoum Division — 

It will perhaps be surprising to a great many 
on the Beardstown Division to know there is one 
brother at least who has come to life. This divis- 
ion has been on the neglected list for many months, 
but as a new and revised schedule has come into 
our midst, it behooves us to express our grateful- 
ness to all those who participated in its making. 
It seems to me that this schedule is an incentive 
for every brother to get busy and help the good 
work along. There are a great many good nons on 
the line, Herrtn to Concord and St. Louis to Rio. 
and with the assistance of every brother we can 
soon have the line 95 per cent. You must not de- 
pend on the local chairman to do it all; he is one 
and can do his part and if you all will aid him 
the division will soon be one of the very best. 
Our new schedule shows 92 positions on this 
division. The division has been sadly neglected 
heretofore, but it now bids fair to be one of the 
progressive ones. 

Many of you can well remember when on the 
line from Herrin to Concord telegraphers and 
agents were receiving from $25 up and in most 
cases $40 was a big thing. There was no such 
thing as overtime and sleep was a rarity as well 
as a novelty. At present there is but one job 
less than $53 per month on the division. We 
have a very good overtime clause, good hours, 
good meal hour, a good switch lamp rule and, in 
fact, nearly all the good things given to employes 
on any system. 

Is there any reason then why we should not 
all get in line and help it along. Do not be eager 
to accept the good things unless you are willing to 
do your part. This means if you are not up to 
date and with us, why not? If you accept freely 
all that the organization gets for the telegraphers, 
I see no reason why you should not support the 
cause by signing up the set of application blanks 
which have been sent you, enclosing it with the 
proper fee to your local chairman, Bro. J. T. Cole. 
Bear in mind "He that reaps must sow first the 

seed, then reap." To sow the seed means to en- 
roll with us and help us out; to reap means to 
accept what our committee has procured for w. 
How do you feel about this, and how long before 
we may be able to see your name on the rolls? 

Who has ever before seen a schedule on the Bur- 
lington signed by the general managers and our 
General Chairman and General Secretary and 
Treasurer? I have never seen any except the one 
effective June i, 1907. As a member of Division 
130 I must say that too few of us appreciate the 
great amount of hard work done by our committee. 
I have been on the Burlington a number of years 
and I am yet to hear our committee, especially the 
General Chairman, say that they ever received a 
letter of commendation from any of the brothers. 
I often wonder if we really know where we are, 
and if we do honestly appreciate what has been 

Bro. Cole tells me the applications arc coming 
in fine. Let us all get busy. 

Not many changes on the division and men are 
. scarce. 

We were very much pleased -to see our General 
Chairman, Bro. M. J. Jolinson, going over the line 
this month. Understand he is getting a lineup of 
the division and expects in a short time to make 
us all a call. How many of us can boast of hav- 
ing a card when he comes? He informs us he 
goes to the Aurora and Hannibal Divisions from 
here. Let us line up with our Western brothers. 

I have just learned that he company has 
given all agents and other employes a raise in 
salary. This, of course, was brought on by our 
committee; who ever heard of raises in salary when 
there was no pressure to bear behind it? Do not 
allow yourselves to be deceived about these mat- 
ters. Remember, brothers, that freight agents, 
telephone operators, ticket agents, etc., are now 
eligible to join our Order, if employed in railroad 

Brothers, let us bear in mind we are now among 
the progressive system divisions that have a Gen- 
eral Chairman who will devote most of his time to 
our Order and we will see him frequently. He 
says all grievances should be referred to your 
local chairman promptly, and as our General Chair- 
man is on the road they will no doubt get quick 

Dues commencing July 31, 1907, are $s semi- 
annually. Let us all respond promptly. Will try 
and call again. "Stand Patte»." 

St, Joseph Division — 

Following new members initiated this month: 
I. W. Davis, Shambaugh, la.; J. P. Smith, Worth, 
Mo., and C. C. Lee, of Amazonia, now nights at 
Craig. Transferred to this division, W. W. Worn- 
staff, nights at Henton's, from C. & N. W. System 
Div. 76. 

We have the faithful promise of about a dozen 
July pay day. Something like four hundred new 
members on C. B. & Q. System Div. 130 since 
January ist. More than we took in all the year 
of 1906. 

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Keep it going, boys. It's necessary that we have 
a strong membership by the close of the present 

About fourteen of the boys north of St Joseph 
met at Forest City Saturday night, June 15th, and 
organized a local lodge to meet once each month, 
the next date July 13th, when we expect to have 
a full house. We desire the presence of all mem- 
bers at these meetings and bring all the nons you 
can. We expect to be prepared to make them over 
into the right kind of material. 

We must get together and discuss matters con- 
cerning our affairs. We want to hear what you 
think so we will know bow you stand on our con- 
ditions, etc. At day and night offices there is no 
reason why one of you can't be at each meeting. 
Tbey will all be held on Saturday nights. 

Following are a few happenings along the line 
this month: 

Bra C C. Lee relieved Bro. G. R. Morgan at 
Forbes a few nights. 

Mr. Chilcoote relieved Mr. Armstrong a few 
days at Nodaway, on account of the death of Mr. 
Armstrong's aunt. 

The boys at Amazonia are now rejoicing over the 
fact that they no longer have to attend to about 
nineteen switch and semaphore lamps. Mr. Brown, 
the night man, says he can't remain out any longer 
since this has happened and will hand in his appli- 
cation July 1 3th to 15th. We would then have a 
solid line-up from Amazonia to Craig if we could 
g>t Brown at Nodaway nights, to do business. The 
day man, Mr. Armstrong, will be with us by the 
time this is in print. 

Let every one get busy and see what a record 
breaker we can make for the next month. 

AU of you who have not paid up to December 
31, 1907, please do so at once. We do not want 
to lose a single member this time. It's the man 
who lines up and stays that counts. 

If you know of any foreign members on our 
line notify your local chairman so he can transfer 
them. This counts just as much as a new mem- 
ber to us. 

Bro. Bartbolemew, days at Phelps, has been at- 
tending court a few days; relieved by Bro. Lips. 
Understand Bro. Lips now nights at Farkville. 

Bro. Wamstaff, nights at Hinton, made trip to 
Hamburg for one night 

Understand Bro. Fred Arnold, days at Hamburg, 
will lay off soon to go West for thirty days. 

Bro. Tom Hood, McPSuI, made trip to Omaha 
the first of the month. 

We were very sorry to not see Bro. Conoway 
with us to meeting Saturday night. Hope he will 
arrange to be at next one. 

We have quite a number of applications prom- 
ised us July I St. Hope every member will try and 
scare up one. 

Brothers, send your TiLioRArHEis to some of 
the nons. This is a great help to us. They will 
see what is being done. 

Bro. Scott, days at Watson, was unable to attend 
our meetings on account of No. 26 does not stop 

Bro. Stewart, nights at Hamburg, is getting 
some very fine practice expensing bills. 

There seems to be very few changes on our 
line at present. Boys all satisfied with their 
present positions. CoR. 

Lincoln Division- 

F. R. Upjohn, former postmaster at Fort Crook, 
an old-time telegrapher and ex-brother, has ac- 
cepted a position tith a firm in Indian Territory. 

Bro. Albert Havel relieving cashier at Hastings 
freight office. 

Our genial secretary and treasurer has been 
quite busy since his return from the battle at 
Chicago, but as he only has a; trains per day we 
know he is taking life easy out on Lake Ericson. 

Sister Anna Hicks was an Alliance visitor this 

The boys in Lincoln relay office work eight hours 
now. That sounds good, but when we all know 
that they have not the privilege of becoming mem- 
bers of the Order it does not sound so good, kh ? 

Bro. Nye relieved Bro. Lyon, at Comstock, a 
few days. 

Bro. Hoagland, of Ord, goes to the main line. 

Bro. Karaker, Hastings, "GS," relieving agent 
at Dakota City for a few weeks. 

Bro. J. R. McGowan has been relieving Bro. 
Holt, at Rosalie, for the past twenty days, has re- 
signed, we understand, and will go to the coast. 

Bro. C. A. Smith, cashier at Aurora, trans- 
ferred to agent at Cairo, and Mr. J. P. Irwin, of 
Lincoln, "NI," to Aurora as cashier. 

Bro. Lyon, at Comstock, back after his trip to 

Ticnor relieving Agent Danielson, at Palmer, for 
a couple of weeks. 

Bro. Kopisch, former agent at Marquette, now 
stationed at Tucumcari, N. M. 

One brother writes: "What's the matter with 
our locals, no notes in the journal?" Is it pos- 
sible that they were missed? Really, boys, it's 
time some were waking up to the fact that the 
notes which have been appearing month after 
month were furnished by just two or three mem- 

It's really a shame that we have to rawhide the 
members of Lincoln Division to get locals. Each 
man should send us a line each month, even if 
they have nothing of importance to write. In this 
way we will know you are all taking a lively in- 
terest in the matter. 

It is reported that Agent J. E. McCarthy, of 
David City, and his telegrapher, W. E. Call, are 
now members in good standing. Also a new mem- 
ber in Bro. Rogers, of Dorchester. This looks 
good; it seems that the new schedule did some 
good. Remember, boys, we all got a slight in- 
crease, and we are rid of the pesky switch lamps 
forever, so let us all be thankful for small favors. 
It's true the increase is very small in some places, 
but I think it was divided as well as possible 
under the very unfavorable conditions. None of 
us wish to be knockers, and if any of us wish 
to knock, why knock to your local chairman. We 
want to know just how all the boys feel about 

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the increaM, and you can bet a letter from any of 
you will be appreciated by me. Right now is the 
time to begin to let the local chairmen know just 
what you think you should have in the next con- 
ference with the officials. Our committee while 
in Chicago were handicapped in a good many 
cases jtist because they did not know just what to 
ask for. This because they could not get the in- 
formation required. 

In the future please send your locals to Sister 
Hkks, at Denton, Neb., who will wield the pen 
for the write-ups for Lincoln Dirision. Now, don't 
all send her a batch and snow her under the first 

In the meantime don't forget your local chair- 
man and leave him out in the cold. Any news you 
can scare up regarding nons and new men and 
transfers will be appreciated. 


Local Chairman. 

Ashland Division — 

Bro. Holts, Rosalie, off to Illinois on vacation 
for ten days the first part of June: relieved by 
Rro. McGowan, from Oakland. 

Mr. J. T. Karn, Hampton, to Oakland, as day 
telegrapher. He has asked for the papers and 
will be a brother soon. 

Bro. Paulson, Winnebago, traded places with 
Bro. Coleman, of Fort Crook. 

Bro. Karraker, from "GS," Hastings, relieved 
Mr. Abrams, at Dakota City. 

Bro. N. A. S. McLean is back at Stopeehurst 
after a vacation; also served as cashier at Co- 

Bro. Ayres, Bellwood, reports he has landed 
.T. E. McCarthy and W. E. Call, of David City. 
Good work, brother. 

Wish to recall statement made a few months 
ago in regard to Bro. W. E. Wheeldon being a 
non. This is a serious mistake, as he is a brother 
in capital lettere, and has been for a good many 
years. Ckst. 454. 

IVymore Drt'ision— 

Brothers, have you figured out that the Wymore 
[>ivision stands second to none in the late in- 
crease in salaries.' While a number of the 
brothers have been set upon by the section men 
and have had the switch lamps rudely snatched 
from their protecting care, I believe we all will 
soon become reconciled over their loss. 

I believe that every member of the O. R. T. will, 
by giving first-class service, endeavor to show the 
officials that it pays to employ union labor and 
also to pay living wages. In working under our 
schedule, I think we should all be liberal in every- 
thing. For instance, if you ask to stop for lunch, 
especially at night, and are eating in the office, do 
not hesitate to give the dispatcher an "OS" if some 
train should go by, especially if the dispatcher h 
making it a point to allow you to attend church, 
etc. An "O.S" is a mighty handy thing for a 
dispatcher In have at alt times and 1 believe all 
of our dispatchers would reciprocate at any lime 
It is in their power to do so. Let us show them 

there is nothing small about a man who carries • 

Bro. Weatherhogg, recently transferred from 
agent Thompson to agent Hickman, relieving Mr. 
Ayers, who returns to Beatrice as day telegrapher. 
Bro. Grimes returned to Pawnee nights. 

Bro. Lindsay, agent at Wayne, landed Bladen 
station and has transferred to that point. 

Bro. J. K. Kerr, transferred from agent Bladen 
to agent Thompson. Bro. Kerr's health made it 
necessary for him to seek a position where the 
work was not so heavy. 

Bro. B. H. Wilson, agent at DeWeese, has been 
sojourning on the Pacific Coast for the past thirty 
days; relieved by^Bro. A. E. Miller. 

Bro. Guy Miller has again left us; "13" he is 
now with the Missouri Pacific in Missouri. 

Now that all the nons received a nice little in- 
crease in salary they surely can not longer put up 
the old thread-worn excuse that we have never 
done anything for them. Let us get after thsm 
and tend all applications, secured with money 
order, made payable to W. A. Henry, Rricson. 
Neb., to your local chairman. We should be able 
to make a good showing in the next sixty days. 

It is reported we have a non on this division 
who buys all brooms, paper, pens, etc, used about 
the office and when his student helper breaks a 
lamp chimney makes him put up the cold cash for 
a new one. A man (?) at small as this should 
certainly be expected to rank among the nons, 
accepting all benefits without lending a helping 
had or paying a cent. 

Bra L. J, Young, who formerly worked nights 
at Fortescue, is now working at West Grossdale. 
III., for the Q. 

Mr, J. B. Lewis, agent at Brownsville, recently 
visiting in Chicago; relieved by Bro. U. S. Jessup, 
from the Alliance Division. John is still promising 
the boys to make good some time. 

J. E. Henderson, nights at Firth, has filed hi<> 
application and will be carrying an up-to-date card 
by the time this appears. 

Bro. Mitchell, agent at Elk Creek, has been on 
leave of absence; relieved by Bro. J. H. Hartiell. 

Mr, Lowrey. agent at Pawnee, has been enjoy- 
ing a thirty days' visit at his old home in Indiana. 
Rro. Hartsell doing the necessary during his 

Bro. R. F. Tuebner, who has been the owl at 
Pawnee, was recently transferred to Hickman 

Bro. Bothwell has returned to Syracuse as day 
telegrapher, relieving Bro. H. G. Pennington, who 
goes to Fortescue nights. 

Bro. Lovejoy, agent at Swanton, is reported to 
have made the fatal plunge in the matrimonial 
sea. Bro. A. F. Heskett, who lately returned from 
Colorado, is acting agent at Swanton. 

Bro. F. H. Holts, agent at Chester, has been 
enjoying a three weeks' vacation; relieved by Bro. 
Anderson, day telegrapher, Bro. Logan doing the 
day stunt and a Mr. Ford on nights. 

Bro. Will Hitchcock was recently married at 
UeWitt, Neb., to Miss Berdie Barger, and bit 

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been taking in the tiajhu at the Jam«*town Expo- 
sition for the past thirty day*. 

Bm Beck, agent at Liberty, was recently on the 
sick Itct; relieved by Bro. L. O. Naah, nights at 
Sterling, who in turn was relieved by Bro. S. P. 

"13" that some of the boys have not come across 
with the special assessment. This is not right; 
all should bear their portion of expenses. 

Have yon remitted for your new card? If not 
fend $5 to W. A. Henry, Eriscon, Neii., and be 
right up with your dues. 

No card, no favors. Div. Cos. 

AlHanct "Divisitn — 

The new schedule received the loth and has 
no doobt been read by all. This schedule should 
please yon all. Our committee did a most excel- 
lent work and we all should commend them for it. 
We are in duty bound to perform our work better 
in order that our employer will realize the fact 
. that we appreciate our new schedule. 

Handling switch lights is a thing of the past. 
This is worth more to us than many ssem to think 
not because we are afraid to work, but because so 
mtKh other necessary work had to be neglected 
to take care of them. Many thank* to the com- 
mittee for their great success. 

There arc a number of new things in the sched- 
ule. Do not forget to familiarize yourself with 
them and see that yon live op to them. 

Otir division seem* to he purging itself of a 
great nany of floaters and bum telegraphers. 
Hope the weeding out prooeas continues until we 
can boast of the best division on the system. Let 
us all lend a helping hand to make it the best. 

A number of stations are bulletined and a great 
many changes are contemplated. 

We notice Bro. Earl Gordon back to his old 
stand in Seneca again. Understand he had quit, 
but seems that the raise that Bro. Johnson secured 
for Seneca station looked good to Earl. 

We notice Bro. A._ M. Bagley. local chairman, 
moved from Lakeside to Berwyn as agent; think 
this is much better than T.akeside. 

Bro. Ernst (o Lakeside as agent, and his wife 
as night telegrapher. Bro. Ernst should see that 
she fills out the necessary blanks and sends them 
to Bro. Henry- 

A Mr. Riggs. wearing the "C. T. U. A.," has 
been doing the heavy work nights at Broken Bow, 
but has been relieved by Bro. Jordan, from the 
Sterling Division. Mr. Riggs has gone to Omaha 
for medical treatment. 

Bra H. P. Pagan, from the North Western, is 
relieving our General Chairman, Hr. J. Johnson, 
Anaebno, Neb., while he is on the road. 

B. L. Livingston, at Litchfield night*. Bro. R. 
G. Kirkpatrick relieving Bro. M. J. Trego, who is 
«o a vacation in New York and Pennsylvania. 
Livingston will make good soon; held hack on 
account of age. 

Mr. R. H. Pearman to Litcheld nights, and B. L. 
Livingston to Alliance helping agent. 

Mr. J. E Gibbs, night* Merna, relieving Mr. 
Flasher, who ha* left the Mrvfcc. 

Mr. Hermann, nights at Hecla. relieving Bro. 
H. L Brown. Have not heard where Bro. 
Brown is. 

General Chairman M. J. lohnson just returned 
from lines east of the Missouri River, and he re- 
ports busines* very good and boys lining up fast. 

Hope brothers west of Alliance will keep Bro. 
Ragley at Berwyn, posted west so he can give us 
a good write-np each month, as it shows life and 

I hope all brothera will pay dues promptly for 
the coming term and thus assist the General Secre- 
tary so he can devote more time to the Order. 
Also remit your insurance to cover same term. 
This will save us a great amount of trouble. 

"Youa Uhcle." 

La Cross* Division — 

As my little write-up of last month was hon- 
ored it has encouraged me to make regular stab* 
hereafter. .. ith the assistance of Bro. Rogers will 
try and make this one a little longer and a little . 
more interesting. 

How does that new schedule look? Looks line 
to all I've spoken to about it. One thing looks 
exceptionally good and that is the last item in the 
book, approved by the company and by the com- 
mittee. Now, you hardshell unbelievers can't say 
that the O. R. T, didn't get this increase and bet- 
ter working conditions. How it is that a man can 
stay out of the Order when he is receiving benefits 
which amount to many times the amount he puts 
in is more than I can understand. Some fellows 
wouldn't buy a dollar for fifty cents if they ha<l 
the opportunity. 

It's up to all of us now to get out and hustle 
after new members. Go in for it strong; most all 
the nons want to join now. Yours truly sent one 
application in to-day and prospects of more, "ij" 
"SY," Lundin, on the Galesburg Division, is going 
to join. Now you can all take a lesson from that, 
for George wouldn't join if there wasn't some- 
thing good derived by doing so. He is an old.time 
Order man and will make a good new man. 
Everybody boost. 

Bro. Wells, just from the Union Pacific, was a 
visitor in Dubuque not long since. He is now 
working at Dayton's Bluff, working the shady 
trick. He seems to be able to hold the trkk 
without any difficulty. Bro. Wells at one time 
worked in the relay office in Lincoln on the Bur- 
lington. We are always glad to see a good up-to- 
date man take a situation on this division. 

Bro. Reise, of Cassvllle days, was a caller in 
Dubuque lately. 

Mr. Cummings situated in the new block office 
Liayton's Biuff. 

South Junction, both nons with good chance of 
getting them in; don't knew the names, as they 
are both new. men. 

At Grand Crossing, Bro. Betzel working days, 
and Bro. Olson, night man, laying off and away on 
vacation. New man by the name of Miller re- 
lieving him. Bro. Wolf at the station, is now 
wearing a smile that fails to fade; says the 80 per 
look* good. 

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It is about time Mr. V. W. Miller, agent at 
Stoddard, was lining up. He has seen what the 
boys have done for him. Bro. Fitzsimmons doing 
the owl act, ana is a good worker for both the 
company and the Order. 

Bro. J. H. Rogers, Jr., the genial agent at Vic- 
tory, says he is glad to get back from Chicago, 
but feels lonely without his night man, as night 
oflice at this point has been closed. Bro. M. A. 
Griffin gone to Lytle to take day stunt. 

Bro. M. A. Duffy has been acting as agent at 
De Soto for the past month while Bro. Clark has 
been off on a vacation. Bro. Gibbions still band- 
ing out the dope nights. 

At Hanover we have Bro. Engle of Division 93, 
holding the agent's utensils. "13" he has sent 
in his resignation, but think after he sees the $10 
increase he will reconsider and stay with us. 

It may be of interest to some to know that Bro. 
Norton, of "KB" office, Dubuque, on the I. C, 
has departed for Omaha to accept a position in the 
I. C. general office. Bro. Lacey relieving Bro. 
Norton. Good bunch of O. R. T. dispatchers and 
operators in this oflice. Stronger than horse radish. 

Bro. Reerosten, formerly of "BU" office, Du- 
buque, who has been working various jobs on the 
t. C, is now situated at Dubuque Junction on the 
I. C. 

Mr. R. E. McGowen (formerly brother), who 
held the day job at "X" office. Rock Island, for 
some years, has left the Q. and is now working in 
the Rock Island dispatcher's office in Rock Island. 

Now, brothers and others, boost. 


MeCook Division — 

Bro. Stever now taking his meals Alma days. 

Bro. R. C. Miller, Cedar Bluffs to Riverton, re- 
lieving Bro. Hart. Bro. Hart, as previously an- 
nounced, leaves the service. 

One Mr. C. E. Hoover takes Cedar Bluffs. 

Bro. F. L. Enlow, late from the Sterling Divis- 
ion, relieved Bro. Pfrimer, Axtelt. Understand 
Bro. Pfrimer off for a brief breathing spell. 

Bro. Chris L.awritson now agent at Hartwell, 
formerly agent at Loomis, Sternng Division. 

Bro. Dunn, Culbertson to Red Cloud nights; re- 
lieved by Geo. Spahn. Mr. Spahn has not yet 
reached the age limit to join. 

Bro. F. L. Enlow, recently Axtell to Red Cloud 
days. Axtell now open and bulletined. Any 
brother wishing to test his gait here is a good 

Messmore, Red Cloud days, to Wymore relay 

Our local chairman was recently called on by 
Bro. Johnson and reports renewed activity on all 
divisions of the Burlington. Bro. Johnson wished 
to be joined in his efforts to make this the banner 
year for new members. 

The new schedule is tendered the glad hand, 
and recognised as the best ever up to date. But 
are not so sure as to its being the best we can ex- 
pect, providing we demonstrate to our employers by 
means of our services that it is merited. This af- 
fords each and every one of us an excellent oppor- 

tunity for effectively applying our shoulders to the 
wheel, and utilizing our efficiency in more forms 
than one. 

Object "A" of our organization is to strengthen 
the profession, advance our working conditions and 
protect its upbuilders against injustice from differ- 
ent sources. 

It appears reasonable to presume the O. R. T. 
can accomplish this by gaining the entire confidence 
of our employers. Their confidence can be effect- 
ively solicited by assuming the office of reconciler 
between the railroads and the general public. The 
two being equally dependent upon each other, and 
our duties bringing us in direct contact with the 
portion of the public from whom the company 
realizes its patronage, I believe the O. R. T. only 
when occasion offers, of course, can render their 
employers an appreciable service, the credit for 
which, when placed home shortens the distance 
between our pres-int position and our somewhat 
distant goal. 

Do not construe the last paragraph to mean that 
it is recommended to be pocketed as a specialty, 
but suffice it to say the right thing at the right 
time, and in the right place is usually crowned 
with the desired results. Div, Con. 

Sheridan Division — 

Having secured our new schedule I wonder how 
many of the nons are going to decide to join. 
They certainly ought to regard the Order in a 
different light hereafter. No doubt they were 
building air castles before our committee reached 
Chicago as to what they were going to do with 
the increase. Now, brothers, get after those men 
and convince them where they are benefited by 
carrying an up-to-date card and where they are 
taking advantage of our efforts in the behalf of the 
profession on this division. 

Our new schedule was quite satisfactory to al- 
most all and should be to all. While the increase 
was not great in some cases, I see where in getting 
a station schedule it is quite a benefit. It shows 
we are progressing rapidly and can expect more in 
the future. 

Bro. McColloch, Felix nights, off for a month's 
vacation, is visiting at home in Missouri. Do not 
look for him back after be gets acquainted with 
Missouri's new eight-hour law. 

F. J. Gore relieved Bro. McColloch at Felix, who 
was later relieved by Telegrapher Conley. Conley's 
application goes in a few day*. 

Bro. J. D. Sipe, who has been out of the service 
for a year, is back at Coburn again. 

Sister Zada Norton, of Garland, has been spend- 
ing a few weeks with her sister, "FN," at Thorn- 

Bro. Lempka, days at Gillette, took a pleasure 
trip to Upton a few days ago. 

Bro. Elder, at Osage, is trying bachelor's life 
while his wife is away on a visit. 

Bro. Foster, agent at "MC," is away on a 

Dispatcher J. S. Taper, from Alliance, will take 
Hardin (Ft. Custer) station, where he has a 
homestead. We can spare Mr. Tuper some blanks. 

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Mr. Peck, telegrapher at Lodge Grass, is build* 
ing a house on his homestead near Hardin. 

We have O. N. Norton, agent at Garland, back 
among lis and glad to call bim brother. 

I made an error in calling Mr. O. A. Roodc, of 
Verona, a brother. He is one who can not be 

Bro. Logan relieved Bro. Vanlandingham nights 
at Dewey. Van has gone back to Missouri. 

Sister Thomas, Clifton, off for a few days on 
a visit. Her son. Cliff, relieved her and drew his 
first check. 

Bro. Patterson, as we can call him now, is catch- 
ing destinations at Dewey. 

Bro. Carpenter, of "CA," relieved Mr. Contey at 

We are glad to have a call from our officials oc- 
casionally, and as we hear no complaints feel that 
our services are satisfactory. Good services are 
what the ofiicials want and we should give them 
the best answer, your calls promptly and make 
this division not only one of the best, but the 

Telegrapher Matlory relieved at Arvada by Bro. 
Kdsall, agent at Torst. 

I am in receipt of a circular letter from Bro. 
Perham, our worthy President, and think it is one 
every member should read; also every one should 
answer bis questions. We are arriving at a crisis 
now where it all depends upon the profession as 
to whether they help themselves of not. Espe- 
cially to the members of this division the appeal 
should be adhered to. I do not think there is a 
single student on this division and that is the 
way we want to keep it. I am very well pleased 
with the line-up of this division. I think between 
Gillette and Edgemont we have three nons, two 
of which I am sending application blanks. 

Now, brothers and sisters of Sheridan Division, 
I want your assistance in having a write-up for 
the journal each month. It will only cost you a 
postal card to drop a note to me. I like to see 
a write-up each month and I am sure you do. 
I have been appointed correspondent and I am 
going to do the best I can and will appreciate your 
help. A card will reach me by addressing to W. 
L. Kesinger, Rozet, Wyo. Please get notes in not 
later than the 20th of each month, and we will 
always have some kind of a write-up. 

Telegrapher Redman, Alger, is filling out the 
necessary for July ist. Still they come. 

The O. R. C. gave a dance at Sheridan June 
14th. Many of the trainmen laid off to attend and 
a fine time reported. 

Boys, why not write Bra. Meehan about holding 
a meeting at least once a month on this division? 
I think we could get away and meet at least once 
a month. I do not belive we've had a meeting in 
the past six or eight months. 

I think every one has a word of praise for our 
worthy General Chairman and Secretary and- Treas- 
urer. Their efforts in securing our new schedule 
were great and we all appreciate it. Their's is a 
hard task and while the new schedule may not be 
satisfactory to each and every one, we should stop 
and think of the territory covered by Div. 130. 

Perhaps two-thirds of the members iilled out the 
information blanks, the remainder were thrown 
in the waste basket and our General Chairman had 
to get the required information as best he could. 
All with whom I have talked think the raise fine, 
so I think all praise is due Mr. Johnson, Mr. 
Henry and our committee. Let us all thank them 
and hope for a little more next time. 

Bro. Ross, from Crow Agency to Basin, as 
agent, with Sister Zada Norton as cashier. Basin 
has a warehouse man now. 

Mr. H. W. Rakin, formerly clerk in Denver 
Yard office, relieves Bro. Ross. Mr. Rakin has 
been in the "Q" service about twenty years, 
seems like he has been in long enough to see the 
benefits the Order has obtained and give us his 
moral and financial support.. 

Fort Custer closed and depot moved to the new 
town of Hardin, two miles west. Mr. Tupper will 
open an agency there soon. 

H. McLeese, from chief dispatcher's office, on 
nights at Hardin. 

J. L Breeding, from Wyola to Cody days; re- 
lieved by Bro. Byerly. 

Toluca changes about every other day. Lewis, 
who worked there nights a short time, got his 
knee thrown out of place in some manner and is 
now in Sheridan having it repaired. 

Dispatcher V. J. Smith was riding a freight over 
the west end a few days ago. 

Wire No. to6 now cut through to Helena and 
the men in "BC" office are taking a rest. 

Div. Cos. 

Burlington Division — 

G. A. Oliver, our worthy local chairman, is 
taking ten days off; guess he wanted to see how 
it would go to celebrate the glorious Fourth once 
more. He says he has worked four straight 

The local chairman exchanged a few ideas with 
Bro. J. V. Datin, at Bussey, for a couple or 
three hours one Sunday this month. 

Bro. Fred Leveling is enjoying thirty days' vaca- 
tion. A Mr. Cunningham is answering the calls 
at "FG." 

Bro. W. W. Wade, nights at "JC," Des Moines 
freight office, has resigned. 

Bro. J. C. Keck has been transferred to the 
freight office at Fairfield on the Ottumwa Division. 

New man working at telegrapher's job at Win- 
field, by name of Thietton. We understand he is 
not O. R. T., but the local chairman is after him. 

You can see a pleasant smile on the face of Bro. 
S. M. Iwoman, our worthy agent at Tracey. He 
got a $12.50 raise on the new schedule. 

G. A. Olive«, L. C. 

Ft. Madison Branch — 

Mr. A. Henderson is on a few days' leave of 
absence on account of his wife being sick. Bro. 
E. S. Hubbard relieving him. 

Bro. Hubbard will go to Wabash Junction, III., 
as extra night man for a week or ten days. 

Bro. M. C. Mott went to Martinsburg. Iowa, for 
a f<w days' visit. 

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Bro. U. E. Stout and wife were off on vacation 
of a few days visiting in Martiniburg and Brigh- 
ton, Iowa. 

Bro. L. F. Giabcl is hammering brass at the old 
stand after a month or so off on account of sick- 

We still have two or three nons on this line. 

Things are as lively as could be down on this 
pike with one freight every other day. Cot. 

Hannibal Division — 

Not since I have been a member of the Order 
have I noticed itema from this division. What is 
the matter? Why not wake up and appoint a divis- 
ion correspondent and have him, with our assist- 
ance, send in items each month, as I know all 
would enjoy reading them. Moveover we can get 
closer together when we know what b transpiring 
on our division. 

Our committee secured a good schedule, which 
is a great help, although it might not suit all of 
us, but we can not always have things just like 
we want them, so I think we ought to be satis- 
lied for the present. It won't be long before we 
will be working the eight-hour trick, which means 
more rest and enjoyment. It will also bring sev- 
eral changes. 

We recently heard that Mr. Mears, agent at 
Foley, is going to leave us. 

The owl trick is vacant at Elsberry. I suppose 
Mr. Best has a better job. 

Mr. Jess Ferree, agent at Aahburn, has been 
promoted and the agency at Asbburn is waiting for 
some one to drop in. A good place for a good 
man who is not afraid of work. 

Mr. G. A. Wilson was working a few nights at 
Old Monroe last week, while the regular man was 
laying off. 

Hr. Geo. Moguir, night telegrapher at Sceburger, 
made a flying trip home Sunday. 

Mr. G. H. Ferree, agent at Clarksville, who has 
been laying off for a couple of weeks, has re- 
sumed duty. Hr. Bryan Boyer relieved Mr. Ferree 
during bis absence, and Mr. Maynard, the night 
man, relieved Mr. Boyer. 

Mr. E. J. Heather and E. B. Anderson sre hold- 
ing down the day and night jobs at Peruque. Mr. 
Anderson was thinking about going to Elsberry, 
but he later concluded that he would rather stay 
where he is. 

Bro. J. L. Crank, who has been holding down a 
stiff job at Olathe, Kan., is holding down Hannibal 
yard night job now. We welcome him into our 

Let us hear from some one CaaT. 1249. 

Atlanta, Birmingham A Atlantic Ry. 

I note, with much interest, that there are a 
good many of the boys on the A., B. & A. who 
are thoroughbred O. R. T. members, snd who are 
getting busy trying to do something for the great 
cause of labor, and indeed it is time. I hope the 
readers of this will pardon me for referring to 
myself personally, but it is necessary in order to 
explain what I would like to put before you. 

It has been brought to my attention that there 
lias been an agreement entered into with the 
(jeorgia Telegraph School, Senoa, Ga., to take the 
products of their "factory" and install them in 
the offices along the line, and allow them to com- 
plete their course in telegraphy, or, in other 
words, let the telegrapher do what the school is 
unable to do. It would not be right to allow these 
boys in the offices, even if we were paid some- 
thing to complete them, and for the company to 
try to force them upon lu at our own expense and 
danger is simply outrageous, and we must do 
something in our own behalf. It is unfair, and 
the oBSdals know it, but still they continue to 
bother us with these little "pests." 

Now, don't you suppose there would be a terrible 
"mix-up" if one of these "students" were to sit 
down in your absence and "bull" a train order? 
About the first thing that would look the poor 
telegrapher in the face would be a great big 
letter covering about two pages of ordinary paper, 
beginning something like this, "Please Advise 
Why," and then go on relating to him what he 
should have done, what he is supposed to do, and 
what he must do in future, and finally close some- 
thing on this order: "If anything of tbia kind 
should occur again, we shall hold you personally 
responsible, and no excuses will be accepted what- 

Now, who'a fault was it that the order waa 
"bulled r* Was it the fault of the "student?" 
No, from the fact that he was sent here to team 
telegraphy, and how on earth is he going to learn 
unless he gets practice? Well, is it the fault of 
the telegrapher? No, for he waa instructed to 
allow this "young man" to remain in the office 
with him to complete his course, and there is no 
wsy on earth for him to complete without the 
practice. Well, then, it must he the fault of the 
official who sent him, but still the poor telegrapher 
has to bear the burden, as is always the caae 
when such things happen. 

Now, I have been unfortunate enough to be 
bothered with some of these boys, but I made it 
a practice with the first one to always throw my 
feet upon the table directly in front of the 
key, and tried to make them as large as pos- 
sible in order to hide the key from his view,- 
but this was a little bit too troublesome, and the 
next one who presented me with his little note 
of introduction was told that I did not object 
to his remaining in town, but as to allowing him 
to remain in the office with me with a view of 
becoming a telegrapher it was out of the question, 
and he would have to look to some other source 
for help, and I think he got a little mad and 
reported the matter to the official who sent him, 
and I am glad to say that I have not been both- 
ered with any more of them. 

Now, boys, this is just s surter, and it is now 
time that we were making the fight of otir Uvea 
for our rights. If we don't do something for 
ourselves, how can we expect the railroad com- 
pany to do anything for us? 

Let's each and every member work after our 
next-door neighbor until we get him in line, mod 

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then brant h out a little further, and continue to 
brancli out until we have a solid line-up of good, 
urong, faithful workers over the entire system. 
Would like to hear from some good brother 
on this subject in the next issue of Tbb Tilbc- 
urHDL "UiicLi Jon." 

Illlnolg Central Railway. 

A very enthusiastic and instructive O. R. T. 
meeting was held in the K P. Hall, Fulton, Ky., 
June 32nd. 

The visiting brothers began to arrive on the 
evening traiiu and by 8 p. m. a crowd numbering 
about 70 telegraphers were anxiously waiting for 
admittance to the hall. 

General Chairman, Bro. Hulhall, being intro- 
duced by Local Chairman, Bro. Mervin, the meet- 
ing was formally opened. 

After installing the following officers the meet- 
ing was conducted by General Chairman, Bro. 
Mulhall: Chief Telegrapher, Bro. W. M. Mer- 
wine; Past Chief, Bro. O. D. Allen; First Vice 
Chief, Bro. T. P. Baird; Second Vice-Chief, C. 
R. Collins; Marshal, Bro. E. L. Mathis; Sentinel, 
Bro. L. C. Herwin; Secretary and Treasurer, 
Bro. E. Cosgrave. 

The application of E. Goulder was presented by 
Bro. W. H. Waggoner, of Obion, Tenn.; same 
having been balloted on was accepted. 

Three new members, viz., Bros. B. G. Boyd, 
E. H. Long and R. M. Etbridge, were initiated 
into the Order, the degree work being conducted 
by Bro. Mulhall, assisted by Bros. Mathis, Rom- 
ing. Drewry and Norman. After those three new 
members were shown the inside workings of the 
Order several grievances were taken up, discussed 
and turned over to the General Chairman to be 

Those who came from a distance were Bros. 
Shannon and Chance, from St. Louis Division; 
Bros. Stone and Walker, from Louisville Division; 
Bro. G. W. Fawcett, from Jackson District; Sister 
S. A. Isaac and Bros. Crockett and Goody, from 
Memphis, Tenn.; Bro. Reaves, from Covington, 
Tenn.; Bro. Rogers, from Fowlks, Tenn.; Bros. 
Taylor, Cununings and Maloan, from Ripley, 
Tenn.; Bro. McGce, from Gibbs, Tenn.; Bros. 
Bums and Grugeth, from Mayfield, Ky.; Bros. 
Hall and Aithen, from Martin, Tenn.; Bro. Dunn, 
from Weingo, Ky.; Bros. Gosldn, Richardson and 
Fletcher, from Crutchfield, Ky., and Broa. Scott 
and Lynch, from Wickliffe, Ky. Also Bros. Robert- 
vm, from Mayfield, Godfrey and Murphy, Fulton. 

After a short Ulk by Bro. Phillips, Division 
Agent L C Ry., and a lengthy exhortation from 
General Chairman, Bro. Mulhall, touching on the 
student question, we were treated to a long and 
well-worded speech from Bro. Shannon, who took 
up the work of the Order in Division No. 93 
from its first inception to the present, showing 
very clearly in facts and figures the great benefits 
received by the telegraphers on the Illinois Central 
Ry. during the last four years, and calling on all 
members to live up to their obligations, give 
proper service to the railway company, etc. The 

meeting was duly closed at i2:jo a. m., 10 meet 
again at call of Local Chairman. 

I do not deem it out of place to make a few 
remarks regarding the' meeting, inasmuch as the 
writer has been affiliated with the Order of Rail- 
road Telegraphers since 1893, and during all our 
experience, both in Grand Conventions and local 
divisions, he has never yet seen a better behaved, 
more decorous and attentive lot of members, and 
as these meetings are to be a regular occurrence 
on the Tennessee Division, we hope to be able 
to meet all the brothers and sisters again in the 
near future. Local SEcarrAav. 

Mitsistippi Divuion, Water Vallty District — 

The boys are sitting up and taking notice since 
our regular monthly meetings have commenced, 
and the result, we hope, will be beneficial to all. 
Our May meeting had to be postponed on account 
of Bro. Coggin, Local Chairman, being called 
to Chicago for a meeting of the General Com- 
mittee, for what purpose has not been disclosed. 

On Sunday, June 16th, a meeting was held at 
Grenada, there being thirteen members present 
(hope this prcsagea no bad luck, boys), which, I 
understand, was an enjoyable one. Everybody 
seems pleased over the nine-bour law except the 
agents, and it's their time next. Of course, we 
can't get laws to benefit all at once, but the time 
is coming when we will all be on the road to 
health, happiness and hilarity, so don't Idck but 
work for those noiu you have working with you 
over the 'phone or wire. 

Bro. G. L. Jamagin, who attended the conven- 
tion at Minneapolis as a representative from this 
division, reports a good time. 

In electing the old Grand Officers for new 
terms and upholding the Board of Directors in 
the Marr case, the Grand Division seems to have 
pleased all in this territory and doubtless the 
rest of United States and Canada concur in this 

Bro. Ash, who has been working nights at 
Durant for several months, has been compelled to 
give up his position and seek the Western climate 
in search of health, and it is the earnest wish of 
all that he will regain hia health and secure a 
good position in the climate best suited to his 
constitution. Sister Lucile Clayton baa charge of 
Durant nights, relieving Bro. Ash. Bro. Coats 
relieved Bro. Jamagin at Durant for couple of 
weeks in May. 

Bro. J. R. Huff, from Vaughan nights, was 
successful bidder for Pickens days, relieving Bro. 
Briscoe, who was temporary relief of Bro. G. K. 
Weeks, who has resigned. May Bro. Weeks live 
long and prosper in his new field of activity, 
wherever it may be. 

Second trick dispatcher, L. K. Butler, at Water 
Valley, is taking a vacation, being relieved by 
L. S. Houston, dispatcher on Grenada District, 
who was relieved by Bro. Colson, operator "NE," 
resulting in "NE" being filled by Bro. H. R. 
Weston, from "CF" yard office. 

Bro. H. P. Oaborn, days at Eskridge, has re- 
signed and left for parts unknown. We are sorry 

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lo lose our oldest block man and floral artist. 
Bro. J. H. Henderson days temporary at Esk- 

When the whippoorwills raise their voices in 
the summer twilight, the telegraph fraternity seems 
to have a vision of the pot of gold at the end 
of the rainbow, and the result i* — well, just ask 
your chief dispatcher. 

Our next meeting will be held in Durant, and 
we will bear the usual excuses from those who 
are willing to let the other fellow hold up his 
end. "Can't get off today, reports to make out;" 
"Am feeling bad, bad a chill last night;" "Got an 
engagement with my girl;" "Didn't think of it 
until too late to ask off." Now, let's cut out this 
excuse business and go to the meetings. There 
are some on this division who never attended an 
O. R. T. meeting in their lives, and do nothing 
but wear their card out in their pocket or let 
the rats eat it up in their trunk. 

CeKT. 240. 

Omaha Division — 

Well, brothers, get busy and do something. 
If you do nothing more than gather a few items 
for the journal each month, that will show that 
you appreciate the benefits you have reaped by 
the hard work of the Order. The Omaha Divi- 
sion is not up to the standard, and whose fault is 
it? If you were to give a truthful answer you 
would acknowledge that your own action to a 
certain extent are to blame for not having a better 
wage scale and working conditions. Brothers, stop 
and think what you should do between now and 
March ist, when the National Nine-hour 
goes into effect. Are you going to keep still and 
let the railroads cut your wages, or are you going 
to stand pat and demand the $75.00 minimum? 
If you will give your assistance much can be 
accomplished. There are a few who would like 
to sit down and see a few members do every- 
thing. There is where you make the mistake of 
your life, for unless you all push and push hard 
you will never accomplish a thing and you vrill 
still be working for that lovely little sum of 
$55.00. My, but there is satisfaction in knowing 
that you make the magnificent sum of $55.00 
per month working 365 days in each year, isn't 
there? How many of you are going to continue 
in that same old rut till you die? So long as you 
are satisfied conditions and salaries will be the 

Now for a few changes: Mr, T. H. O'Donell 
has been relieving the agent at Dunlap far some 
time, agent there away on a vacation. New oflice 
opened up at Coon River with Mr. Davis in 
charge. This is his first position so we want to 
line him up right away; don't let a non see a 
moment's peace until you land htm; if you have 
no blanks let me know and I will send you 

Bro. Freeman, formerly owl at Parkersburg, has 
resigned and gone to Seattle, Wash. 

Student-teaching looks kind of bad for some 
of the brothers, and if it is not cut out there 
is going to be charges preferred. We don't need 
student teachers in our Order. 

Night man at Ackley has resigned. Can't say 
who relieved him. 

Bro. Nation, at "WB," contributed a few items 
this month. 

Bro. Siep is now working side-table in dis- 
patcher's office "CD," 

Bro. Mullis holding down "GD" days at present. 

Bro. Codner was promoted to second trick dis- 
patcher, but "13" he is going back to side-table, 
but not on account of him not being able to handle 
the trick, for he has made good, and we are all 
more than glad to see him doing so well, as a man 
earns all the promotion be gets on a railroad. 

Mr. F. E. Sinkey is going back to first trick; 
this will put Mr. Townsend back to second. Mr. 
Adamson is coming to take Mr. Sinkey's place aa 
chief and hope Mr. Adamson will do as well by 
us as Mr. Sinkey has, and all brothers should 
give our new chief the very best service. 

Well, I will plug out for this time. So if you 
have any suggestions to make or any items, send 
them to me at 324 Central Avenue, Ft. Dodge, 
la. Missouri Bill. 

Freeport Division — 

Among the recent bulletins we have Munger 
nights; Freeport yard oflice days; Coleman nights; 
Freeport "DR" office days; Minonk nights for 
thirty days; Minonk days, for thirty days. 

Bro. R. O. Kelly relieved Freeport yard ofBce 
on bulletin, but upon trial be concluded that Cole- 
man looked better to him than Freeport. 

Bro. D. B. Krueger is at present working at 
Freeport yard office days while on bulletin. 

Bro. Geo. Cox worked a few nights at Freeport 

Mr. L F. Elliot (non) worked a few nights 
at Seward. 

Mr. C. D. Bear worked a few nights at Irene, 
from there he went to Hudson to work. 

Mr. Peterson worked at Perryville during Bro. 
Frank's absence. 

Bro. A. B. Fretze is at present doing the extra 
stunt at East Jet. nights. 

Sister Mead, of Mendota, has been enjoying a 
three-weeks' vacations. Can't say who relieved her. 

We can now call H. J. Wemsman, of Kerrick, 

Bro. Wilson, of Wapella, is laying off for « 
few weeks; can not say who relieved him. 

Mr. A. D. Miller relieved Mr. Halloway at 
South Addison days; can not say whether Mr. 
Miller is a brother or not, but we hope he is. 

Bro. H. E. Kiester received East Jet. days on 
bulletin. This makes Joe nearer home, and more 
convenient for him. 

Mr. Schultz relieved Bro. Kelly at Minonk 
while he is working in the interest of the Order. 
Bro. Funk relieved him while he was with the 

Bro. S. R. Crawford, at Genoa, is now kept 
busy handling the business for the new piano 
factory spur, which extends from Hart station up 
to the business portion of Genoa. 

I am sure that all of the Gruber brothers are 
regretting the loss of dispatcher H. B. Evans, 

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who has accepted a position with the Iron Moun- 
tain. H. B. £. was certainly a fine fellow; every- 
body had a good word for him. In Freeport be 
was known as a great baseball enthusiast, as 
he very seldom missed a game, knowing all the 
good points of the Freeport delegation. This 
puts C S. Pack on as regular dispatcher and 
Bra Lane as extra dispatcher. We wish them 
both success. 

Bro. G. E. Cox ia at present working extra in 
"DR" office, Freeport. 

Bro. R. C. Eiser worked a week at Freeport 
yard office nights; Mr. I. F. Elliot relieved Bro. 
Eifer at Hart days. 

Bro. J. G. Bennett enjoyed a few weeks' vaca- 
tion, being relieved by Bro. Dresser. Upon Bro. 
Bennett's return Bro. Dresser relieved Bro. Eiser 
at Freeport yard office. 

There was a meeting at Freeport June 24th. 
As I was working nights at the time I did not 
get to attend, hence failed to get any notes from 
the same, but I "13" there was a fair turn-out 
and a general good time manifested. 

Bro. H. Steele's son took the examination at 
Freeport some time ago, but can not say as to 
whether he is working at present or not. 

A severe hail and wind storm visited the vicinity 
of Hart the evening of the sist, breaking several 
windows and scaring Mr. Elliot. The boys en- 
joyed quite a few showers of rain before the 
windows were replaced by new ones. 

Well, I must get busy; will try and do better 
next month. "Shorty." 

Chicago Division — 

A fine meeting was held at Kankakee Friday 
night, June 31st, thirty-two members being present, 
the B. P. & T. District and Oilman Line being 
wen represented. 

Bro. Morrison, Local Chairman, presided, and 
after calling the meeting to order and checking 
up and making out the O. S. & D's., it was found 
that Bro. T. Ryerson, from Pontiac, and Bro. 
Cailey, from Thawville, were short. However, after 
the meeting adjourned the shortage was accounted 
for by finding these brethren at the dispatcher's 
office, where they had been waiting, not being able 
to locate the meeting place. This is bad, but 
we will try to watch a little closer the next time. 

The following officers were elected: Chief Teleg- 
rapher, Bro. W. H. Morrison, Peotone; First Vice- 
Chief Telegrapher, Bro. C. R. Walters, Kankakee; 
Second Vice-Chief Telegrapher, Bro. V. E Harper, 
Dewitt; Past Chief Telegrapher, Bro. W. Bash, 
Tolono; Secretary and Treasurer, Bro. G. Templin, 
Matteson; Marshall, Bro. C. W. McKnight, Mel- 
vin; Inside Sentinel, Bro. W. E. Pendergast, 
Mema; Outside Sentinel, Bro. C. O. Stone, Paxton. 

Mr. C L Knittle, of Bradley, being in waiting, 
he was duly called forth and soaked, and is now 
a foll-iiedged O. R. T., and is entitled to wear 
the "button" and carry the "card." He should 
be addressed as Bro. Knittle. 

The Special Committee, consisting of Bros. Bash, 
Harper and Walters, submitted their report on 
organization and local dues, and after diiciusioD 

it was decided that no assessments be levied, but 
the expenses be paid by System Division 93, as 

After same discussion it was decided to hold 
regular monthly meetings, the next meeting to be 
held at Gilman the third Saturday night in July 
(aotb), and at Champaign third Saturday night 
in August (17th), and again at Kankakee third 
Friday night- in September (aist). This arrange- 
ment was made in order to allow the B. P. & T. 
boys to get into Kankakee on Friday night and 
back home, as there is no train running out on 
that pike Saturday nights. 

Now, remember, regular meetings third Saturday 
nights at Gilman and Champaign, and third Friday 
nights at Kankakee. 

Having regular meeting nights will enable each 
member to arrange his work and business so 
that he will be able to attend, and we believe 
that the attendance will be much better under 
this arrangement. 

There has been several changes since last issue, 
among them the following: 

Bro. E. C. Slingman, dispatcher on Gilman Line, 
taking bis ten days' vacation; relieved by Bro. 
Porter, and Bro. Joe Adams, from Kankakee 
nights, working the "CK" night trick. Bro. 
Porter is now taking his ten days off, Bro. Sling- 
man having returned to work. 

Bro. Sharp returned to Kankakee "KB" tower 
nights, relieving Bro. Schniederjon, who is now 
relieving Bro. Adams nights at Kankakee "HN." 

Bro. Phelps now working nights at Gilman "CK," 
relieving Bro. Gerbel, who bid in the day job at 
Champaign dispatcher's office "HA," on temporary 

Bro. Kent, at Buckingham, was off for few days 
on account of the death of his mother, being 
relieved by Bro. B. C. Madison. We all join in 
extending our sympathy to Bro. Kent in his loss. 

Bro. Madison now relieving Bro. E. O. Wooly 
at Pesotum, who is off on vacation. 

Bro. Odell, at Roberts, relieving Bro. Barr, also 
on vacation. 

There has been more changes, but am unable 
to give them now, as it keeps me going some 
most of the time chasing box-cars. 

I understand that Bro. C. H. Holmes is to re- 
turn to Kankakee in August and take a trick on 
Gilman Line, which will cause some changes in 
the lineup in "CD" and "HN." Will give them 
later. Am sure we will all be glad to have Bro. 
Holmes with us again, and to learn that his health 
has improved so much. "13" he weighs 170 
pounds, and developed into a first-class cowboy 
while in the West. 

I forgot to say that Bro. O'Connell is relieving 
Bro. Hatch at Kempton at the present writing, 
being relieved at Harpster by Bro, Madison. 

Mr. E. J. Coss was to show up last meeting 
night for initiation, but failed to materialize, but 
I understand he will be on hand at Gilman next 
month, also expect one or two new members. 

Let us have a good crowd next meeting night. 
Make special arrangements to be present, as it 
ia expected that the meetings will be more inter- 

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esting, now that we have re-elected officers and 
are getting in shape to do business. 

We should have at least fifty of our own 
members present, and I understand the T. P. & W. 
boys are to be invited in a body to meet with us 
at Gilman, so let us have the biggest crowd we 
have had yet, and break the good record already 
made. Div. Cor. 

GUmon Lin* — 

Being a little new at this business, and not 
thoroughly posted as to the correct time the 
write-up should reach our Division Correspondent, 
we were late with our former notes and they were 
not published. We remember one thing that was 
said in this write-up, that will be in order every 
time. Every brother on the district please send 
me any news they may gather during the month, 
and have it reach me by the 20th, so these write-ups 
will be made as interesting as possible,, as it is not 
an easy job to sit down and undertake to give 
a lineup when you are not pretty well informed 
on the doings of the district. Please let me hear 
from each of you every month if possible. 

While I think there are brothers along the line 
better able to fill this jKisition than I, we don't 
expect to lay down, as we think every one ought 
to get at the wheel and keep it moving; if it 
had not been for some of our ambitious brothers 
see where we might have been today. I don't 
expect to take a back seat when asked to do 
something to help the good work along. If all 
would put forth an effort each month to do some- 
thing, great good would be accomplished. How- 
ever, we belong to a division we should be proud 
of, as statistics show we have more members 
<Mi the division than there are positions on the 

In behalf of the brothers of this division I 
wish to thank the committee for the most ex- 
cellent work done in securing the new schedule. 
I think all are well satisfied. V. E. II. 

Memphis Terminal — 

One would judge from our continued silence 
and absence in these columns that we had all 
cashed in and closed our industrial doors to the 
world and retired into seclusion, presumably to 
remain for an indefinite period; but we beg to 
advise that this is erroneous. 

The Memphis Terminal has never known such 
an (O. R. T.) awakening in its history, every 
member in the service is pushing the throttle to 
its last notch and taking a personal interest in 
all matters that concern the advancement of exist- 
ing conditions. 

We reluctantly acknowledge the presence of a 
couple of undesirable citizens, "nons," but if there 
is anything in signs and efforts their "non" stale 
will soon be a thing of the past. When this is 
accomplished "woe unto the intruder who asks 
naught without the right and proper credential, 
for he shall be promptly denied and spat upon as 
in olden days of ancient custom." We calculate 
our per cent at 98, at this writing. 

It acems peculiarly strange and unnatural that 
any sensible and fair-minded man who is in the 

railroad telegraph service at this time could not 
realice the absolute necessity of affiliation with 
this organization in consideration of its general 
progressiveness and the present status of prevail- 
ing conditions, which credit is due to the various 
chairmen of the respective divisions. 

Yet there are numberless freaks who haven't 
enough common intelligence and conception of 
duty toward their fellowmen and those who are 
trying to bring about better conditions to show 
the least interest in this great work that has been 
slowly but steadily growing in favor in every part 
of the United States. These veritable degenerates 
are the detrimental issues that face us in our 
work and labors. 

These are the so-called men who invade the 
pay-cars with a rush with all disregard to pro- 
priety and courtesy that characterizes a "gentle- 
man," in order to be first to receive the money 
that is virtually stolen and wrung from the 
very labors of union efforts. 

It would seem the proper thing upon these 
occasions for this class to doff their hats and 
humbly bow their heads in reverence and shame 
to those who honestly struggle for a deserved 
recognition and patiently wait until every one 
else had been paid and then back up to the pay- 
wicket, bowing and in addition say, "Thank you, 

It is rather unfortunate that "God" in his 
wisdom would permit this society of trespassers 
to live and breathe the same atmosphere that 
we do. 

N'iewing all these facts it is quite a consolation 
to know that the day is almost within our grasp 
when the doors of position and recognition will 
be closed against earth scums like these and 
nothing but the tried and the true will be ad- 
mitted and permitted to associate with respectable 
men and honest toilers. 

The boys at "GO" and every man on the 
Terminal is more than satisfied with his portion 
since the new schedule became effective, all of 
which credit is due to our General Chairman, Bro. 
W. P. Moore, who has endeared himself to us by 
his stand in the battle waged in our interest. 

Bro, Moore, in sacrificing the possibility of his 
election as Railroad Commissioner to serve us a.s 
chairman, exhibited his true manliness and stal- 
wart character, but we believe the appreciation 
that has been shown him in various ways by the 
boys has repaid him for his action, notwithstand 
ing the greatness of the consideration. The entire 
v. & M. V. system is to be congratulated upon 
its having such an able leader. 

Bro. W. W. Wheatley, who was recently ap 
pointed Assistant Ix>cal Chairman of the Memphis 
Terminal by Bro. Moore, is doing effective work 
in this capacity that was hardly expected of an 
inexperienced officer. He is doing his best and 
simply asks the assistance of the brethren to 
carry out his policy of forcing the issue in every 
instance, which is being done without regard to 
personal consideration or position. 

Bro. Albaugh, "Q," was called home suddenly 
few days ago account serious illness of his mother. 

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who is now greatly improved and be is with us 

Bro. East, "WE," has influenza and has been 
undtr tender treatment for a few days. He will 
be ont again ihortly with his usual noise like a 
man working. 

BrO. McKenxIe hat flown the coop and is in the 
north for a month's vteation. Bro. Lee is holding 
down North yard dkyt daring his absence. 

Sro. Johnson, "Ji" at "MS," is still on deck, 
but says be is figuring on • Uf trip to Hushpuck- 
ana soon. Bro. Deberowsfci will follow suit as 
soon as "J" returns. 

IxcAL CHAtKHAN, Memphis Terminal. 

Tennessee Division — 

I have just finished reading the June Teleg- 
ftATHSK. Seems as though everybody everywhere 
means business from the way the journal reads. 
I am very proud to say that the Tennessee Divi- 
sion of Division 93 certainly means business. We 
held a call meeting on the ltd, to transact busi- 
ness. Bro. Mulhall in the chair and quite a 
large attendance, between 65 and 70 present. 
Initiated three new^members; other business of an 
important nature handled. The meeting was quite 
a success. Why can we not have a regular meet- 
ing every month? It would certainly be beneficial 
to all the boys on this division. 

Not much news as none of the boys cohtrlbuted 

Bro. W. II. Blackwell, South Fork days, who 
was off sick recently, has resumed duty. 

Bro. W. E. Barbour, South Fork nights, off a 
few nights account sickness in family. 

Bro. Cox (don't know his initials, but know 
that he is up-to-date), from the Louisville Division 
on the extra board. Bro. Cox is a good man and 
we would like to keep him with us. 

Bro. Radford Fowlkes, nights, off a few nights 
account sickness; relieved by Bro. Wheat, from 
the extra list. 

In conclusion, allow me to express myself freely 
on several subjects. The day is approaching rap- 
idly when the telegraphers' nine-hour law becomes 
effective, March 4th, 1908. We are to begin to 
reap the reward of our past strenuous efforts; 
the nine-hour law has absorbed all our thoughts; 
we have no doubt worked very hard for this law, 
and when it becomes operative we must not think 
our work done. W« must each and every one 
firmly resolve in our minds that we will positively 
teach no students, and that a non can not remain 
in our midst. We do not want our salaries cut 
when the hours arc shortened, do we? It is the 
duty of alt, not one or a few, to work for our 
Order with renewed energy, striving to strengthen 
it. What is desired is to raise salaries to where 
retired telegraphers will return to work. There 
are thousands of telegraphers who would return 
to the key if the eight-hour day and an $75.00 
or $80.00 minimtyn were operative. If you retard 
the progress of the O. R. T. yon retard your own 
progress. I urge you to think logically of the 
problem now confronting tis, and you will find 
the work interesting in consequence. 

If a non should read this let him consider that 
we, the O. R. T., have about reached that stage 
where, though he is a stumbling-block in our 
pathway, he is a small one and easily passed over. 
There must certainly be a lack of intelligence 
where constant persistence without a logical ex- 
cuse is prevalent. If you are a sound man 
mentally you will not hesitate any longer, but 
enlist with us where your support will hasten 
the day that will crown our strenuous efforts 
with success, and last, but not least, fill our pocket- 
books a little above the average for the last 
twenty years or more. Div. Coa. 

B. A O. Ry. 

New Caslle Division — 

Meeting of New Castle Division was held in 
Central Labor Hall, Akron, Tuesday night June 
i3tb, with a good crowd present considering the 
train service on this division; the brothers from 
the east end did not arrive until ten o'clock, 
owing to No. IS being about an hour later on the 
new schedule, but the east was well represented, 
several who have not attended meetings before 
being present, a total attendance of sixteen. 

We are pleased to note that the organization 
is in better shape numerically than ever before. 
There seems to be an awakening all along the 
line, but there is plenty of room for improve- 
ment on this division. The station agents should 
now tine up and help us and thereby help them- 
selves. Several of them are now telegraphers and 
agents, but have so far failed to contribute 
toward expense of securing the benefits they have 
enjoyed for past five years. The main line is 
nearly solid, there being but one regular man east 
of Akron who is not a member, viz., night man 
at "TF" tower, who can see no good in the 
Order. We notice he took the $4.85 extra for 
blocking trains in May. The O. R. T. cheerfully 
hands him the money; he needs it, so do all of us, 
but we are willing to help get it. 

Brothers, when a new man comes to work at 
your office search him for a card. It is not 
enough that he says "I am an Order man," or 
that he wears a button. Show him your card 
and make him produce the goods or treat him as 
a non. No card no favors is our motto, and now 
is the time we should observe it. 

The recent night man at Akron Jet. resigned 
pay-day via the booze route. On investigation we 
find he was not an Order man, although he wore 
a button, for the certificate number he claimed to 
carry does not exist on the road where he claims 
membership. Watch these people and make them 
prove themselves worthy of fraternal courtesies 
before extending them. 

It was decided at the meeting that we would 
not try to establish a regular meeting time owing 
to poor train service, but would hold a meeting 
about once in three months and then make a special 
effort to attend even at the expense of a night's 
sleep. Watch for the notices and be present. 

A large majority of the dispatchers on B. & O. 
have joined the O. R. T. and shown themselves 
as worthy of being classed as men. Brothers on 

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tbeac divisions should extend them the glad hand 
and best of fraternal assistance. We have some 
good men in dispatcher's office at New Castle, 
and wonder why they can not see the benefits to 
be derived from thorough organization. 

When you hear an official say that it will be 
impossible to fill the positions on an eight-hour 
basis between now and next March, and that they 
will have to get the time extended, remind him 
that there are enough telegraphers on this division 
working as agents and clerks to put every position 
on eight hours, and the majority of these men 
would be glad to work in the telegraph department 
if they could get a living salary and reasonable 
hours, and as soon as the company is willing to 
pay a little more money for skilled telegraphers 
than they pay for ignorant track men, just so 
soon the supply will equal the demand. 

Have you noticed the rush of men seeking 
employment here this month? Soon as it was 
known that the B. & O. was putting on eight- 
hour jobs telegraphers began to come like flies 
to a honey pot Don't swallow all the hot air 
you hear about a scarcity of telegraphers, especially 
when it is used as an argument to induce some 
one to take a student. There is a scarcity of 
money, not telegraphers. 

Second trick was advertised first of June at 
"UN" tower. New Castle Jet., Ohio Jet. and Akron 
Jet., but have not heard of the men being placed, 
although the time expired several days ago. We 
hope to see Lodi draw an eight-hour day; it is 
surely needed at this place. 

Block wire is working between Akron Jet. and 
New Castle Jet., with Bro. McFall as relief man 
while the position is being advertised. We wonder 
why this position was not advertised in May so 
the man who was entitled to the position could 
have done the relief work in June instead of an 
extra man. 

Many new men who are not up-to-date are 
hitting the pike since there is a possibility of eight 
hours. Get after them, brothers, and get them 
in the fold once more. 

Bro. McCannon, Bougbtonville nights, was oS 
few nights; relieved by Mr. Martin, a new man 
at the work. Bro. Gleason, agent same place, 
is still looking for that day telegrapher. 

Bro. Marshall, agent at Sullivan, is taking a 
trip towards the Jamestown Exposition. Hope he 
has a pleasant time. Bro. Marshall is always on 
the right side of the fence with an up-to-date card 
in the right side of his coat. 

Bro. Sarff has bid in Newtons days. 

Bro. Snyder has been assigned to "B" tower 
days and setled down to enjoy his old age. 

We hear V. P. McLaughlin has resigned the 
agency at South Akron to return to the telegraph 
service. We surmise Mac has his eye on second 
triLk at Akron Jet. Hope to see him establish 
his membership in the near future. 

Bro. Jones, at Newton Falls, who enjoyed two 
days at hands of relief telegrapher. Bert says 
he hardly knew how to eat a warm dinner. 

Bro. Davis, at Ohio Jet., is one of the lucky 
eight-hour men. He recently attended bis first 
meeting and says he will come again. 

Bro. Maloney, at Lowellville days, had the mis- 
fortune to slip on a banana peel and fall, dis- 
locating his hip. Bro. Johnston is doing the day 
act during Bro. Maloney's forced vacation. 

Bro. Robinson, of New Castle Jet, was absent 
from the meeting. We hope it will not occur after 
the third man goes on. 

Bro. Faust, at Hazelton, recently enjoyed a two 
weeks' vacation; relieved by Bro. McFall. 

Day and night office at Girard was closed middle 
of June. Mr. Mohn remains as clerk, Bro. Quig- 
ley going to P. Y. & A. nights. 

Hammon and Hammond still at West Farming- 
ton, and seemingly as far in the cold as ever. 
We wish some one could convert these two. 

J. P. Hennesy, at East Claridon, has asked for 
application papers, but has not had the necessary 
experience. He was a member of the B. of L. F. 
until he lost both limbs, when it became necessary 
for him to change his occupation. Mr. Hennesy 
sees the need of organisation among the teleg- 

Bro. Gray, Chardon nights, was oS one night; 
relieved by Bro. Browning, agent at Middle Field. 
Bro. Maynard off for a few days; relieved by 
Bro. Holstead, who is now at Akron Jet. nights. 

Day and night office was opened at Summit 
Siding June 4th, and block removed from Middle 
Field, relieving Bro. Browning of the "OS" work. 

Day and night office also opened at Concord 
on the Hill. 

Bro. Milburns days and Mr. Kehres nights at 
Painesville, rushing the summer work. Under- 
stand the Lake Branch is doing more business 
this year than ever before. This should be good 
argument for more money for the telegraphers. 

It is now time to pay dues and we hope every 
member will be prompt and see that his neighbors 
do not forget the duty they owe their Order. 
Help the Order while the Order helps you. 

Uhcu Tom. 

IVheeltHg Dwision — 

There is rejoicing at St. Clairsville Jet., Ohio, 
Narrows, W. Va., and Cameron, W. Va. The 
third man was put on at these places in June and 
these boys say they feel like fish out of water 
after their eight hours has been worked. At St. 
Clairsville Jet Bro. Williams, first trick. Bro. 
James E. Holloway, second trick, and Mr. C. G. 
Pratt has third trick until it is advertised. Mr. 
Pratt has asked for papers so he will soon have 
an O. R. T. card. At Narrows, Bro. C. L. Hall, 
first trick, Bro. W. M. Queen, second trick, and 
Bro. E. A. Wilson, third trick until advertised. 
At Cameron, Bro, H. Zimmerman, first trick, L. 
Shirlen, second trick, and Bro. Ice, third trick 
until advertised. The Division Operator will have 
no trouble filling these third tricks. Bro. W. M. 
Queen kindly gave me the news from the east 

Have you noticed those big O. R. T. buttons 
our dispatchers are wearing lately? It's a stgbt 

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for sore eyes to go into "Q" now and meet the 
boya. Mr. C. H. Bonnison is the only one that 
did not join. 

Mr. T. F. Corcoran has been appointed Division 
Operator for Wheeling and O. R. Divisions, which 
position we fed sure he will fill with credit to 
himself and honor to the B. & O. Ry. Mr. 
Corcoran was for years a dispatcher in the Wheel- 
ing office, and well deserves the promotion. Mr. 
F. C Moran, our i>ast Division Operator, is now 
relieved of many of his former duties, which 
makes his position much more desirable. 

Bro. G. C Marshall has been promoted to the 
dispatcher's desk, and keeps trains moving like 
an old hand. Being a new man in that responsi- 
ble position the boys should help him whenever 

Bro. P. S. Rushford, of Mannington, has been 
promoted to a trick dispatching in Wheeling, and 
is making good. 

Bro. J. M. Stiles now has day trick at Man- 

Bro. R. F. Petty, of Glover Gap, is Uking a 
few days' vacation, being relieved by Bro. Geo. 
Webner, who comes from the Colo. Southern. 

Our old Local Chairman, Bro. A. G. Youst, is 
back at his old position at Glover Gap, after spend- 
ing a year in the far West The trip surely 
improved his health, as he looks more like a 
Dutch saloon-keeper than a telegrapher. 

Bros. H. E. Johnson and C. H. Swayne have 
left the service to accept positions with the Pope 
NatL Gas Co. at Round Bottom. They say they 
will come back soon as we get an eight-hour day. 

Bro. N. C Little is again at bis desk at Roseby 
Rock, after taking his vacation. 

Bro. Barry Arrick is working at New Martins- 
ville on the O. R. Division at present, account 
shortage of telegraphers on that division. 

Bro. Strum relieved Bro. Wilson at Mannington 
while the latter took a vacation. 

Bro. E. E. Holloway is back at his post at 
"FI" tower, after taking a trip through the East, 
and reports seeing all the sights at the James- 
town Exposition. 

Bro. R. T. Salisbury has been assigned to "DK" 
tower nights. 

Bro. C. H. Mitchell has been assigned to Bridge- 
port nights. 

Bro. B. W. MuUett, at Schicks, was off a few 
days account of sickness, but has resumed work. 

Bro. T. L. Ellis relieved Bro. Holloway at "FI" 
tower, being relieved in turn by F. H. Worthing- 
ton, from Tunnel Siding, who was relieved by 
McFarland, from Maynard, a new man. 

Mr. Van Foasen is at present holding "K" 
offic« Holloway days. Van has asked for papers 
and will be with' us soon. 

We are extremely sorry to hear that Bro. C. 
E. Miller has resigned his office as Local Chair- 
man. It will be difficult to get another man to 
fill the position as well as Bro. lililler did, and 
his presence will he missed by alt. The office 
of Local Chairman is a difficult one to handle, 
and, as Bro. Miller says, you can't please them all. 
It should be remembered that the Local Chairman 

of one division is not the whole cheese, and 
unless given good support by the rank and file 
his position is not a very desirable one. We ex- 
tend our heartiest thanks to Bro. Miller for the 
manner in which he successfully handled our 
interests while Local Chairman, and deeply regret 
that he can not be induced to continue holding 
that office. 

Bro. C. A. Lovejoy relieved dispatcher Bro. 
H. G. Woodward while the latter took his vaca- 
tion; Bro. Shields holding Lovejoy's chair as 
copier. Bro. W. P. Burke, copier, left June 19th 
for his vacation. 

Bro. M. B. Rickey has returned from his West- 
em trip and is at present copying on East End 
at night Glad to see him back. 

Two new side wire men in the dispatcher's 
office, Fred Reynolds, of Fairmont, and Will 
Camer. Am unable to say whether or not they 
have up-to-date cards, but if not they will not 
work long in "Q" without one since all the dis- 
patchers belong. 

Our laws were amended slightly at the conven- 
tion in Minneapolis. Station agents are now 
eligible, also telephone operators, which was a 
good move. Now let us get after the agents 
on our division and pull them in. 

I see by the Fraternal Department of Ths 
TELBCKArHER that telegraphers are very scarce on 
every road in the country. This is encouraging 
and brings nearer the day when telegraphers will 
receive living wages. 

Have you all send for your new cards? They 
are now ready and each member should send for 
his at once. Cert. 729. 

Philadelphia Division — 

As there has been no meetings on this division 
since last January, and none on the Baltimore 
Division for over a year, we certainly are at 
a loss for news of any character. No meetings 
reported in TsLicaAPHER from Maryland or West 
Virginia for May. Can't some of the boys in 
West Virginia enlighten us some little regard- 
ing the conditions existing there? Each teleg- 
rapher should delegate himself a Committee of 
One to help remedy the most serious things 
complained of by Cert 719, of Wheeling Division 
in June number. 

Wake up, boys, and when things are not going 
right, don't hesitate to say so. Be sure you are 
doing that which is for the benefit of the fra- 
ternity, and don't turn backward. Do not let 
those old fogy sayings of "disorganizing the Order 
and sorehead" keep us from doing our duty. 
Where would the Order have been today if our 
Grand Officers had have listened to such sayings 
as these? 

President Perham was in Baltimore June 19th 
and attended a meeting of Division 17. His 
speech certainly was instructive. 

The boys of Division 33 in Maryland have been 
trying since last April to get members on the 
Legislative Committee to co-operate with those 
appointed by Baltimore Division 17, but with no 
success. On June 19, at the meeting of Baltimore 

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Division 17, Bro. Pierce, Local Chairman of Balti- 
more Division 33, asked for more time, this being 
the request of the General Chairman Van Atta. 
So it was decided to give him a little more time 
for consideration. Cert. 421. 

Cleveland Division — 

I was in hopes that I would get a boost from 
some of the brothers who attended the meeting at 
Massillon the sist, in order to make a reasonably 
newsy write-up for our division this time, not 
being able to attend myself, but as yet have heard 
nothing regarding the doings there. Would like 
to have been on hand, as I suppose our chairman, 
Bro. McCoy, had plenty of news from the con- 

Each brother should make it a business to fur- 
nish our chairman with the news of our division. 
In this way we could make up a good item for 
the journal, which would prove of more interest 
than hatching the same old thing over and over 
each time. 

Received a card from Bro. W. D. Rose the 
other day. Bro. Rose is located in Maxwell, 
Colo., on the U. P. Ry. Have requested him lo 
let us know wh"t is doing out there so we could 
give it to the brothers through the journal. 

Glad to announce that Mr. J. E. Hanes, Everett, 
and Ford Hoover, Botzum. have affixed "brother" 
to their names. Henceforth you may call them 
brothers. Very glad to see Everett and Botzum 
solid once more. We should devote our atten- 
tion to Mr. Schilling, Canton freight house, as 
well as the men at Peninsula, Boston Mills, Brecks- 
ville, South Park and Brooklyn, not forgetting 
East Akron. Each brother make it a point to 
talk to these men and secure their names for 
membership. If we could only do this it would make 
the Valley solid. This part of the Cleveland 
Division sems to be much slower than the C. L. 
& W.i still there are a few old hangers over 
there. But Bro. McCoy has them on the run 
most of the time. 

Understand telegrapher Schott, East Akron, in- 
formed the Division Operator that there was no 
room at that point for any more prospective 
telegraphers, so the prospective one had to go to 
South Park. 

The East Akron force surely must be very busy 
with their regular routine of work and the side 
line of hams. They are to be pitied. Surely 
ought to have some more help there so one man 
could devote liis undivide<l attention lo the pros- 
l>rrttve young sprouts at that point. 

Schott has plenty of chance to practice up on 
the work himself, as he is "instructor" in the 
Miller-Simpson Telegraph School at Akron, we 
understand. Wish we could get these boys to the 
front, where every true telegrapher should be, 
and to appreciate what the O. R. T. means to 
them and what a handicap it is to the O. R. T. 
to knock against it in this manner. 

Schott has been in the business long enough 
to become a member. And be has said that as 
soon as he had been in the business long enough 
he surely would join the O. R. T. He should 
now be as good as his word. 

Bro. Darland, Canton scale, has taken the night 
trick at Cleveland "CS" office. Sorry to see Bro. 
Darland leave us, but we will still have him on 
the division. We find him to be an active worker 
for the O. R. T. "CS" means a promotion for 
him. Do not know who is going to take his place 
at Canton scale. 

Bro. Harris, Sandyville, very much regretted 
that he could not attend the meeting at Massillon, 
but thinks that he will be able to do so next time. 

That's a new face at Brecksville. Do not know 
his standing. N. DeWitt, ex-agent at that point 
and an old promise (so old that it is stale), gone 
to South Brooklyn. 

Be ever on the alert to forward the cause which 
benefits you the moat— the O. R. T. Keep at 
the nons — convince them that they are in the 
wrong. Each member should be an organizer and 
in this way better our conditions. The railroads 
are looking out for themeselves, not for you. 
And do not think for a minute that when you 
positively will not join the O. R. T. that you are 
bettering yourself, or gaining prestige with the 
railroad company. In acting this way you show 
them what kind of a sucker you are, just the kind 
the O. R. T. have you booked. 

Step in line. Carry an up-to-date card and get 
tlic O. R. T. journal in the bargain, free of all 
further cost to you, and through this journal find 
what a wide world this is after all, instead of the 
narrow space in which you have been hopping. 

Send your journal to some non as soon as 
you arc through with it. Bao. St. 

C. and N. Division — 

To start the ball rolling I will send in a short 
write-up for the C. & N. Division, and if it appears 
in our journal it will be the second one I have 
seen in the past three years. Just think of it! 
Is there no remedy for this? Why not appoint 
a correspondent, then not only one or two, but 
all of us help him gather news? Is it any wonder 
those out of the Order don't come in? Look in 
your journals and note that most write-ups arc 
headed "Our meeting of a certain month, etc." 
We never see anything about our meetings. Why ? 
Because we never hold meetings, I am sorry to 

Remit for a new card, if you have not already 
done so, then let's all get busy and make things 
lively on this division of the B. & O. 

I "13" there will be about three new members 
for the new term. This will rim us up well on 
the 100 per cent. 

Bro. Ganes, at "BK," Black Lick, has his hands 
full since he added to his position the tasb of 
a switchman. 

Mr. Tyhurst, a telegrapher for forty years, is 
still pounding brass at "KO" tower, Pataskala, 
though he uses a field glass to see the B. & O's. 
big engines, "he is right there with the goods." 

Bro. Dildine, at "BR" toewr. Union, is holding 
the day trick while Bro. Marsh does the owl act. 

Bro. Danford, Outville days, has returned to 
his post of duty after copying a few days extra 
at "GD," dispatcher's office Cols. Bro. C. D. 

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Phillips did the day stunt at Outville during this 

Vmi have to ring olT for this time, as I am 
not funiliar with changes. Let some better-in- 
formed brother try bis hand at it next month. 
Lef s abo try and have a meeting in the near 
foture. Cert. 806. 

MoHcngahela Division — 

I have not seen anything from the Monongahela 
Division for tome time. 

We have several new men on this end of the 
division in the past month; I can hardly keep 
track of tbem. 

Bro. C. A. Stealey is doing his regular turn 
again at night at "WD" tower. 

Bro. M. E. Price is holding the extra turn at 
Fairmont passenger station until some one is 
assigned to it regular. It has been advertised 
some time and we expect Bro. Witley, from 
Gaston Jet., will get it regular. 

I am unable to give the names of the new men 
who have come in the last few weeks, but from 
what I can learn I think they are all up-to-date. 

Bro. W. C. Willey has left the service. Very 
sorry to see him leave us, for he was a good man 
and up-to-date. Well, I will ring off for this 
time. CiRT. 1198. 

B. R. & P. Ry. 

A meeting of Division 9* Was held at DuBois, 
Pa., Wednesday evening. May igib. Owing to 
the absence of Bro. Childs, General Chairman, 
the meeting was called to order at 9:45 p. m. 
by Bro. HcGraw, Local Chairman Middle Divi- 
sion. Bro. Simmons, delegate to the convention, 
gave a very interesting talk on what had been 
done at Minneapolis. 

Other business was then taken up and disposeil 
of, after which meeting closed at 12:30 a. m. 
The attendance was fairly good, but should have 
been better. Several of the Middle Division mem- 
bers were conspicuous by their absence. 

The Erie has closed a contract with this line, 
by which Erie trains use B. R. & P. tracks from 
Clarion Jet to Eriton, and are now running 
their trains over the B. R. & P. between these 
points. A new connection has been made at end 
of double track, north of Brockwayville, and all 
the coal, which formerly was hauled over the 
P. & E, is now brought to this point, and then 
over B. R. ft P. to Clarion Jet. A new telegraph 
oflice has been opened there. 

The following are changes this month: 

Bro. Britton, DuBois nights, to Falls Creek 

Bro. Burke, Howard days to Bradford days. 

Bro. Lennon, Dent days to Howard days. 

Bro. Fitzgibbons, Riverside Jet., nights to Dent 

Bro. McGraw, Idlewild days to "WA" tower 

Extra telegrapher Cailor going to Idlewild days. 

Bro. Morrisaey holding Riverside Jet. nights 

Bro. Shoemaker, Bradford nights, has bid in 
the position as relief agent with headquarters at 

Bro. Warner, East Salamanca days, off few 
days; relieved by Bro. Flynn, regular night man. 
Oi&ce closed nights account short of men. 

Bro. Croker, Newton nights, off few days; re- 
lieved by extra telegrapher Cailor. 

Bro. McGraw, Idlewild days, off few days ac- 
count sickness; relieved by extra telegrapher Cailor. 

New men at "WA" tower, Rasselas and Bingham 

Two new members in during the month. Come 
ahead, boys, there is room for more. 

Cert. iti. 

St. Loula Division, No. 2. 

The month of June finds the telegraphers of 
Missouri confronted with a question that is at 
once unique and unprecedented. On the 14th of 
the month the bill known as "the railroad telegra- 
phers' eight-hour bill," as enacted by the last 
session of the Missouri legislature, went into ef- 
fect. The situation was a puzzle to the telegra- 
phers on account of the contention on the part 
of the railroads that the bill did not go into effect 
until some time later and with the further declara- 
tion by a few of the companies that they did not 
propose to obey the law at all. This was obvi- 
ously a ruse to disconcert the telegraphers, which 
was quieted by a circular quoting the Secretary 
of State on the subject, who ruled that the bill 
became effective on June 14th, which was mailed 
to each member of the O. R. T. in Missouri. 

However, the fact still remained that the rail- 
roads, with one or two exceptions, had made no 
preparation to observe the requirements by fur- 
nishing the third man at two men stations. A 
number of communications were addressed to our 
secretary, Bro. J. W. La Fever, soliciting advise 
on the subject in the event that they were not 
furnished relief at the expiration of eight hours' 
work on June 14th. Bro. La Fever uniformly re- 
plied that they should continue at work under pro- 
test to proper official. 

A number of men on the C. & A., Burlington and 
Frisco Railroads took the enforcement of the law 
in their own hands and quit their keys at the ex- 
piration of eight hours. This situation continued 
for several days, but at last accounts all are work- 
ing twelve hours pending further developments nr 
a final settlement of the question. Notwithstanding 
the fact that the enforcement of the law devolves 
on the State and county officials, the Missouri 
membership seem disposed to refer the matter to 
the organization for adjustment, and to this end 
chairmen of the Missouri divisions have taken 
steps to canvass their constituents with the view 
of taking concerted action to force a compliance 
with the law. Their decision is yet unannounced. 

Information against ten officials of the Missouri 
Pacific and M., K. & T Railway have been issued 
by county prosecutors, which will place the matter 
before the grand juries of the several counties at 
their next sitting. 

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In the event that indictments are found the 
constitutionality of the law will be determined in 
due course. The framers of the act are con6- 
dent that the bill will stand all tests, the measure 
being a copy of the Maryland law, which has 
escaped annihilation at the hands of the Supreme 
Court of that State. 

Further developments will be communicated to 
the membership as they come to hand. 

Bro. P. P. Molloy made a flying trip to Spring- 
field, 111., Sunday, June 30tb. Bro. F. J. Bick to 
Hannibal, Mo., Sunday, June i<th. Bro. H. V. 
Evans passed through St Louis, Mo., July ist 
en route for Carrolton, Texas, for Cotton Belt 

Bro. E. L. Stump, General Chairman of the 
Union Pacific System Division, and Bro. M. J. 
Johnson, General Chirman ot the Burlington, re- 
cently visited the general offices. 

Elsewhere in this number will be found the 
photograph of Bro. O. L. Neal and Miss Edith 
Huffman, both of Arthur, 111., who were married 
at Clayton, Mo., on June i8th, by the Rev. 
Uhdan. The pair were accompanied by Bro. T. A. 
Lane, of Div. No. 2, who had previously made 
all arangements for license and ceremony. The 
best wishes of Div. No. 2 are extended. 

Thomas Aquinas, Div. Cor. 

C, C, C. & St. L. Ry. 

Cairo Division, South End — 

Since our last letter to The Telecraphei wc 
have had one month more of advancement and 
experience, in which time we should be able to 
write something new in regard to the O. R. T., 
and our progress. Of course, we understand 
that our lives are just what we make them, and 
we should endeavor to climb to the highest stage 
of advancement. We know that it takes time to 
do these things, but we must not give up so 
quickly, but be faithful to our Order and labor 
diligently, for the time is near at hand when the 
telegraphers will have only eight hours to tabor, 
eight hours for pleasure and eight hours for 
sleep. It seems as if God intended that we should 
have something of that kind, and we should be 
very thankful for the law which will be effective 
March 4, 1908. Let us endeavor to get the nons 
in line if possible. 

Bro. Simpson, who has been absent for about 
two weeks, has assumed his regular job as day 
man at Cairo. Bro. C. Penrod is owl at Cairo, 
at present, relieving Bro. Roy Weaver, a brother 
of Dispatcher Weaver. Am unable to learn what 
became of Bro. Roy. 

I have secured the application of one telegrapher 
who is working for L. & N. and am after some 
more of them. It does not make any difference 
where they are or who they are, just so they are 
competent. We want them in our Order, as you 
"13" the more we get, the stronger our Order 
will be. 

Bro. C. Morlan, who has been working days at 
Carmi, upon being relieved by Mr. G. Schrader, 
non, ^as again assumed his regular job as night 

Mr. Gwin and Mr. Harrell, former nights and 
latter days at "GS," have their applications for 
membership made out and are waiting for pay day, 
when they will become members of our grand 

Mr. Land, new man from the L. ft N., working 
days at Eldorado, is waiting for a pay day so he 
can join, too. 

I "13" several of the towers are being put into 
service along the line, but we can bear a good deal 
of complaint, as the boys say that there is some 
work attached to the handling of these towers. 
Stay with it, boys, and maybe after a while we 
will get more money for our labor. 

Now, let all work for our own and our 
brothers' interest also and our conditions are sure 
to improve. Cbrt. 306 & 298. 

Michigan Division — 

Brother telegraphers, it is true that we did 
stand pat long enough to get a schedule, but do 
we intend to lay down now? As you are all 
aware, this division has had so many changes 
among the telegraphers and agents in the last 
two months, that it is rather hard to determine 
just who are and who are not members. One 
thing we want to do, and that is to locate the 
nons. Keep at them until we succeed in our 
efforts to get them in line. Let us get busy and 
do all we can. Interest is fast dying out, and 
if we don't do better than this, we will soon lose 
that whKh we worked so hard and diligently to 

Another thing I would like to call your atten- 
tion to, the fact that ham factories are too 
numerous. Shame on the man who will turn 
down his fellow men for a few paltry dollars 
received for tuition. 

We extend to Day Telegrapher Eiler, at "WC," 
our heartiest congratulations. Glad he is in line. 
There is work for all. 

We have come to the conclusion that we will 
give the boys another chance. In our next 
month's journal you will see who are the weak- 
kneed men on the Michigan Division. We have 
decided to publish all nons' names in Thk Telbg- 
RAPBEa. Now, who is it that wants their name 
under such a heading? 

Well, boys, I'm getting "25." Will close. 

E. M. 

Peoria Division, West — 

There is going to be a meeting in "DI," and 
let's all go. Now, boys, this is not to be an old 
fashioned camp meeting, nor an old settlers' meet- 
ing, a hop, nor a fish fry, but it is going to be a 
meeting of the telegraphers of System Division 
No. 138, and this includes us — we of the P. & E, 
and there might be something put on in the show 
line that we would want to see, and if we fail to 
attend the meeting, we would be kicking ourselves 
for six months to come. Now, boys, let all who 
can possibly get off attend and make it a success, 
and try ourselves for once and endeavor to find 
our what our neighbors are doing. 

We have to get 25 on the west end of the old 
P. ft E. and get the nons in line. We have ser- 

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era! large gaps in our line and it ia time that one 
and all get baay and get them on the right side. 
Of coursCf there are some one or two undesirable, 
one in particular; one who has shown the black 
flag of the pirate and has flaunted it in our faces, 
while we were struggling to gain recognition, by 
watching the wire* closely, making notes of every- 
thing that passed in regard to the Order and send- 
ing it to the division superintendent, thinking to 
put a feather in bis hat by so doing; but instead 
of this, he is being held in contempt, and to any 
superintendent, or any man of any depth of 
thought, an act of this kind could only create one 
feeling, and that is one of distrust. And again, 
you may go a little deeper into thia question and 
reason it out for yourself; that if a skunk like 
this will stab his fellow worker, he will certainly 
do his employer dirt also, and is not to be trusted 
in any respect whatever. 

Now, boys, there is only one way in which to 
curry favor with the officials, and that is to do 
your work and do it well, and by so doing we 
win the respect of our employers, and if there is 
any favors shown, we certainly will see our share. 

Now, what we want to impress on the mind of 
the public in general is that the Order of Railroad 
Telegraphers is not a band of organized cut-throats 
planning and plotting to blow a bank safe or hold 
up the several railroads over the country, but that 
we are an organization formulated for our own 
self-protection and preservation, and to be success- 
ful in this we must be solid O. R. T. from the 
heart out, and keep our eye skinned for just such 
vipers as the one which I have just mentioned. 

The good old summertime is here once more, 
after a series of delays for which there can only 
be one cause, which I can only attribute to 
the weather dispatcher being grouchy to his teleg- 
raphers and driving them out on a strike and 
tying the summer train up on a siding where there 
was a telegrapher from the Danville school. But 
with all the delays, summer is here and the evi- 
dence is plain, for everybody is looking forward 
to their vacation, some quitting, and others like 
myself, broke, and have to stick to business. 

There have been some changes in the last few 
days. Bro. Johnston, of "WG," days, Danville, 
going to "KD," Belt Xing, Moorefield, nights. 
Better "mun," so says the "Immortal JN." Bro. 
Poyner, of the owl shift, is now working days, 
and Bro. Casey, of New Burnsides, on the Cairo 
Division, is doing the night stunt. 

Bro. Parker, who has been off, resting up a few 
days, is now back on the grind again, and he 
works like it did him good to get his feet under 
his mother's table. 

Bro. Scott, nights, is laying off for some mys- 
terious cause; don't know why, but can only make 
a good guess and keep our thoughts to ourselves. 

Harry Rynearson, of Hillsborough, is doing the 
night stunt at "SY," in place of Bro. Scott. 
Harry is a promising young man and we think be 
will make a good live one as soon as be is old 
enough, and w< hope to have him with us before 
very long. 

Bro. Scotten it taking his vacation now, and also 
taking in the sights in the CX city of Hoosier. 

J. J. Houlihan, non, of Ogden, is working extra 
in his place. 

Bro. Livengood is looking forward to bis vaca- 
tion, which he is figuring on taking about the 
middle of July, going to the "Windy City," and 
a good lake breeze. 

It is our understanding that Bro. Mead it 
going to accept a position with the traction line 
in the near future. Bro. Mead is a good man and 
a member of the Order, and we are sorry to lot* 
him, but if he it bettering himself financially, and 
we know that he will better himself conditionally, 
we say, "GA." Moves like Bro. Mead is con- 
templating only proves otir aasertioiu, and they 
are, that aa soon at a telegrapher gets his eyes 
open and finds there It something better in this 
world than the long, dreary hours he haa to put 
in as a telegrapher, he will change hit vocation to 
something which it better fitted to his finer nature. 
And it is not until the several railroads of the 
country come over with the inducement that thete 
changet will stop, and further, as toon at they 
begin to get what is due them in the matter of 
compensation for the duties performed, there will 
not be the thortage of men which the General 
Managers' Association is howling about at the 
present time on account of the passage of the 
Murphy bill, for the good men, like Bro. Mead, 
will come back into the service. 

We are pleased to say that we have added one 
more solid O. R. T. station to our list, "Mans- 
field," Bro. Vaughn; which now closes the gap 
there. This don't look like the old "Poor and 
Easy" was going to be sick very much longer, 
and now we think that the time has come that we 
may throw the bottles away and get to work; so 
let's get 35, for all we need now is plenty of hot 
air and exercise. 

We think a good organizer, going over the west 
end of the P. 4 E., with a goodly supply of gro- 
ceries, could do some business; but again, we don't 
"13" why it should be necessary for an organizer 
to go over the line when the nons are here with 
us every day and can see for themselves the good 
the Order is doing, and should be able to see the 
necessity of our being organized to a man. Now, 
fellows, what is the use hanging back; why not 
thaw out and get right? 

Bro. Hamilton is back at the key after being off 
on account of sickness. 

Bro. McBride, nights, is laying of for a few 
days on account of sickness in the family. Guy 
Alter, an extra man, relieving him, is reported to 
be the owner of an up-to-date card. 

Now, boys, if I have missed any of you, don't 
feel sore about it, for we are doing the best we 
can and are working at a disadvantage for this 
reason, that the boys will not come over with the 
news. Now, the question of a good write-up de- 
pends largely on the support your correspondent 
gets from you who are out on the line. If you 
don't give him the goods, he is unable to make 
good. Now, don't be stingy with your news, but 
hop over with it and we will work it up into some 
kind of shape and make a showing. 

Here we are starting in on the last half of the 
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lialf' will be as prosperous as the first half was. 
There is no reason wbjr we can not make it so, 
and to do this we would suggest that every man 
become active by paying up his dues and hike into 
the nons in a good old-time rail mauling style, and 
we wilt make the same if not better progress that 
was nude in the last six months. 

While your correspondent was in Minneapolis, 
attending the convention, he got hold of a copy 
of the Iron Trail, a R. R. man's publication, and 
in reading it over we found an article on publicity 
which put us to thinking, which we arc rarely 
ever guilty of doing, and as these thoughts were 
good dope, in our estimation, we have come to the 
conclusion that we had better register them. Now, 
the ideas I drew were to this effect, that the 
speechmaker would have the cause and blame 
made public for all the railroad wrecks, ana was 
rather radical in his denouncement of the men in 
the train service and of the telegraphers for their 
carelessness in handling the lives in their charge, 
but thanks to th* editor for the additions which 
he made, which leads us through the skin, and 
aids us who haven't hardly time to even think 
about eating, to realize the real point and see 
where the blame should really be placed. He also 
shows the conditions existing where the agent 
telegraphers of today, which explanation certainly 
made a hit with me, for the reason that the ma- 
jority of the working telegraphers on the P. & E. 
are agents and would be interested in an article 
of this class. Our worthy champion takes the 
stand in this strain: That the money savers of 
the railroads are to be blamed for the majority of 
the wrecks of today, for the reason that in their 
efforts to uphold their reputations as general 
managers, they issue orders which, if lived up tu 
by the different departments of railroad labor, 
Ihey would be working from i6 to 24 hours per 
day, and this would be beyond human endurance. 

We will try to define the position of the agent 
telegrapher, which, in the estimation of the gen- 
eral manager, covers a multitude of duties, a few 
of which we will enumerate, as follows: First, 
the station agent, who is supposed to look after 
the interest .of his employer, which duty would be 
all well and good if there was a defined limit, but 
as there is no limit, we will not hesitate here, but 
will drive on to the other various duties which 
are assigned to him, namely, that of ticket agent, 
freight agent, janitor, clerk, lamp tender, mail 
carrier. Western Union telegrapher, railroad teleg- 
rapher, and express agent. I would ask if the 
express companies are a part of and operated by 
the railroad. Your answer can only be no, and that 
the transporting of business handlled by the ex- 
press companies is done under contract. Now, we 
will try again and get down to the point and show 
you where we have been banded a great, big, 
juicy lemon; buncoed, yes, swindled. You will note 
that the schedule that was signed up last March, 
was based on the gross earnings of each agency 
for the year 1906, which earnings included the ex- 
press earnings as well as the commissions on ticket 
sales. Now, do you think this on the square? 
As the present system is worked, let us suppose 
that the express companies should fail and thus 

cut our express commissions off, as the traction 
lines have knocked out the ticket commissions, 
and take the positions which are now paying the 
princely salary of from $15 to $45 as a fixed 
salary, how many of you would stick unless your 
pay was increased? I venture to say there is not 
one who would stay with them. No, sir, you 
would go to the roads that would pay you for 
working and not ask you to use a half day of the 
time you are supposed to put in in worlring out 
on a farm in order to make money enough to 
keep a clean shirt on your back and a small piece 
of Arkansas turkey to grease your ribs with, 
which is something similar to our present con- 
dition. Now, let me tell you that there is but 
one remedy left for us to apply to our shortcom- 
ings, and that, to organize to a man, make one 
grand parade in battle array, then demand our 
rights. Then, and not till then, will we be able 
to use the words of one of our great warriors, in 
a message to our President, "We have met the 
enemy and they are ours." Ce«t. 349. 

Si. Louis Division — 

The meeting of St. Louis Division members 
was held at Paris May 28th, and although not 
very largely attended, there was enough of a 
crowd to have a very pleasant time. The schedule 
was gone over thoroughly, and every point that 
there was any doubt about whatever was dis- 
cussed by those present. The St. Louis Division 
east was divided into about six sections, and two 
good men put on each section, for the purpose of 
better organizing the division, and as a result of 
this, several nons have been gathered into the 
fold, and several more will be gathered in this 
coming pay day. 

The men that have been put on the different 
sections are hustlers from the word go, and if 
there are any nons on this end of the pike two 
months from now, it will not be their fault. The 
real reason will be that the nons are a set of 
dead-heads that will never be able to see the light, 
or if they do, they are to grouchy to help bear the 
expenses. How any one can sit back and see us 
members pay the expenses, while they send the 
overtime in, have their salary raised, and get other 
minor helps, and never pay one cent, is beyond my 
comprehension. We have a good deal of this 
work on the St. Louis Division, but let us work 
on them and keep working on them until we drag 
them in. 

There will be more meetings held in the future, 
and it is hoped that they will be more largely 
attended. It is an impossibility for everyone to 
get off, I know, but at the same time there are a 
number of fellows who will not inconvenience 
themselves in the least to attend a meeting. Let 
us all get together the next time and have a large 

General Chairman Veazell announces a meeting 
for all members of System Division 138 at English 
Hotel, Indianapolis, Ind., July 26th. The meet- 
ing will be callled to order at two o'clock p. m. 
I would like to see a large crowd from this Divis- 

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inn attend, so write for your passes in plenty of 
time and hop on No. 2 and get in the crowd. 
Local Chaiiuan. 

St. Louis Divition, East — 

No card, no favors. 

Bro. C. C. Brown, of Sunnyside, is on the sick 
list, and at this writing he is reported in a very 
serious condition. He has our sympathy. He was 
relieved by Bro. Adams, the night office being 
closed on account of no telegrapher, 

1 "13" Bro. C. W. Kondray has resigned and 
left the service. 

New brothers: Bro. Amos, Mt. Jackson, nights; 
Bro. A. O. Hurin, Danville, days. These are 
part of the results of the two hustlers put on that 
district at the meeting. 

Bro. C. S. Byrd transferred from Hadley nights 
to M. C. days, Bro. Setty going back to Danville 
nights. Mr. R. N. May relieved Bro. Byrd at 
Hadley. He will be a brother before this goes to 

Bro. P. \V. Carpenter, at Delmar, is laying off, 
relieved by Bro. C. C. Inman. 

Bro. Collins at Green Castle nights. 

Agent \V J. Nc-e, at Perth, is on the sick list, 
Bro. Withers filling his place. Mr. h. W. Calle- 
cod is working as day telegrapher. 

Bros. O. E. Roach, of Markles, and R. D. 
ICIIiott, of Paris, have left the servke. 

Mr. Smith, of Duane, is now a brother. He is 
laying off, sick; relieved by Bro. O'Connor. 

Bro. M. R. Brewster, of Fontanel, has resigned. 
Did not learn where he went. 

Mr. Lucas, of C. B., promises to send in his ap- 
plication pay day. 

Mr. C. Crowley, of Burnett, has left the service. 

"}" office, at end of double track, is being held 
by Mr. O. B. Sawyer days, and Mr. R. M. Hall 
nights. M. U. days and Lena nights closed. 

Bro. C. C. Kelso, of W R., resigned and went 
to C. & E. I., relieved by Bro. Wright. 

Two new men at Burnett, Bro. C. B. Hammer 
days, and Bro. J. W. Ball nights. 

O. W. Tomlinson, at J. R., days, is a hopeless 
case. Don't seem to want to have anything to 
do with the Order. Ob, well, I guess we can get 
along without him. However, I hear he never 
fails to send in his meal hour; looks like lots of 
galL There is a good story going the rounds on 
"Old Tom," as follows: It seems that "Old Tom" 
was the first telegrapher on this division to send 
m his meal hour; sent it in some time in March, 
before there was anything signed up. Suppose he 
was afraid he was going to lose a 25-cent piece. 
He asked one of the officials when the meal hour 
was going to start, and the said official told him 
he would not get it when it did start, as he did 
not belong to the Order anyway. Bet Tom looked 
kind of startled when he heard that 
Wonder why Trilby won't get a card? 

Div. Co». 
Ci»r>i«ii<rti Division — 

One more month .nearer the nine-hour goal, 
which we will have to approach with our fighting 
clothes on if we expect to obtain our rights. No 

fight was, or ever will be, won unless each indi- 
vidual member puts forth his utmost effort toward 
its success, and in our coming struggle this is 
what we will have to do to gain the day. 

Perhaps the railroad companies will think th«y 
are granting us a great concession when we >r« 
put on virtually an eight-hour working basis, with 
their well-known reduction- in wages combined. 

Take any person with a profession, and on an 
average, they work from 54 to 60 hours a week, 
making $70 and $75 per month, and in many 
eases, more, with Sundays off, and in some cases, 
Saturday afternoon, and if it is really necessary 
for a telegrapher to work Sundays, would we be 
getting overpaid if we received $70 or $75 per 
month working on an eight-hour basis? 

The items from the Big Four Ry. in last month's 
journal were very encouraging, but it was quite 
noticeable that most of the divisions failed to 
record meetings. In fact, only one meeting was 
reported. These meetings should be instituted 
and be kept up consecutively. This is one thing 
the Cincinnati and Sandusky Divisions are prou<l 
of, and the worthy brothers deserve credit for 
their regular attendance. The day meetings are 
not as well attended as they should be, which can 
be accounted for by the fact that most of the 
night men arc either new men on the road and 
are not acquainted, or they are new men at the 
business and just recently having an opportunity 
to fall in line. They are slow tn accept the new 
condition of affairs. 

The ide.i has been suggested by several of 
the veteran brothers, that we create a necessary 
fund, either by assessment, or a raise in the dues, 
to put a capable brother or two on the road for a 
month or two, to organize and get the membership 
up to 90 or 95 per cent. This question has been 
thoroughly discussed, and without a doubt it 
would be to our own advantage to do so. 

A meeting will be held in the HoUencamp Build- 
ing, Dayton, Ohio, June i6th, at 2 p. m. But 
this will be too late to serve as a notice. 

G. R. Office, at Middletown, has been closed for 
the present, on account of the gravel service 
being temporarily suspended. 

The new double track recently put into oper- 
ation between M. & C. junction and B. M., has 
been a great relief in the handling of trains, and 
promises to be as fine as any in the State when 
completed. The new tower at the M. & C. junc- 
tion, just recently completed, with 26 levers, 
is a beauty, and you find it occupied by Bros. 
Stabler days, and Keever nights. 

"13" Bro. D. E. Harmon is preparing for a trip 
to the Jamestown Exposition. 

We are sorry to learn that Bro. Beatel, days, is 
off on account of sickness, but understand be is 
improving and will be back in harness in a few 

While having an occasion recently to drop in 
on one of our brothers, whose duties compel him 
to put in from one to two hours overtime a day, 
found that he was sending in his overtime at the 
old rate of 15 cents an hour, saying that he 
thought the company would more readily allow 
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the schedule calls for. I called bis attention to 
Article I. in our schedule, taking effect March i, 
■ 907, and told him that he was doing himself an 
injustice by not taking advantage of what our com- 
mittee had secured for him, and to whom he had 
given his support. 

Bro. Shugert, formerly of G. R., worked a few 
days for Bro. Rogers at C. & C. K. Tower, Spring- 
field, Ohio, while R. O. went home on a visit. 

Ivorydale nights opened May 30th. 

Understand Cold Springs was closed June 3d. 

Bro. Justice has returned from the convention, 
and has resumed work. 

Bro. Slagle, of Brooks, and Mr. Brown, of 
Plattsburg, have changed positions. 

Mr. Brown promises to fall in line pay day. 

Mr. Ferguson, of Myers, has been suspended 
from the service, and Mr. Harrison, of Platts- 
burg, now has charge of Myers nights. 

Div. Cor. 

Sandusky Division — 

Well, as another month has passed by and it is 
time to look for that dear old journal once more, 
believe it my duty to try and contribute a few 
notes, which I hope may be of interest to some of 
the boys, if nothing more. They will help to fill 
up the book and thereby keep the editor from 
losing any sleep by worrying over what he is 
going to print for the next edition. 

Mr. Kearns is holding down Urbana nights now 
as regular night telegrapher. Bro. Audritch is 
back to his happy home at Grants. 

The gravel trains are out again after a winter's 
rest, and keep the boys moving some between 
G. M. and C^rey to get them by in good shape. 

The Sunday excursion season is on, which keeps 
us close on Sundays. 

Bros. Rench and Shoemaker, Silver Creek days 
and nights, traded off for a week to see who had 
the best end of the deal, but concluded they were 
about equal. 

Train Master Heffernan was out on a testing 
trip a few nights ago and kept company with Bro. 
Stokes at Huntsville, testing the train crews on 
block lights being out, etc. But the writer is in- 
formed that be failed to land a man, which speaks 
well for the crews as a careful set of men. 


Canadian Pacific Ry. 

Thompson and Caseadt Sections — 

During the past few months I have seen very 
little from this quarter of British Columbia in 
our journal, and being asked by quite a number 
of the "boys" to give a few words of good advice 
to the "sloths," I shall note a few of the many 
changes that have taken place lately. 

To the few who have left the road, I would 
say: Keep your dues paid up, although we do 
not hear you on the wire, we will think of you 
as brothers just the same, and entitled to all the 
privileges of the Order, and shall be glad to do 
all we can for you which in our power lies. 

Kamloops mourns the loss of Bro. Brewster, 
who relieves our Chairman, Bro. Goulet. Bro. 

Goulet is in Winnipeg doing business for us all, 
und hope we will soon hear the glad tidings. A 
Mr. Collins (do not know whether he is one of us) 
relieving Bro. Brewster. 

Savonas now boasts of a night telegrapher by 
the name of MacMichael, from an Eastern road. 
Not sure that he i* on our list If not, he should 
be. Bro. Robinson relieves Bro. Ogle here, who 
lakes Bro. Oliver's place at Port Hammond, he 
having left us for good. Do not know which 
way he is headed for as yet. 

Rro. Harvey, at Ashcroft, having resigned an4l 
left the road, Bro. "Billy" Maxwell takes hi< 
place for the time being. No. "23" out as yet. 
Bro. Presley taking the owl trick vacated by Bro. 
Robinson, now at Savonas. 

Spencer Bridge Junction, in the land of to- 
matoes and apples, is held by Bro. Freer, who has 
his hands well filled up with work trains and the 
new branch line to the Nicola. The owl trick is 
performed by a Mr. Puffer, from the Northern 
Pacific, I believe. 

Lytton, B. C, commonly known as Grapetown, 
ably held by Bro. Thomas Clarke, J. P., assisted by 
a Mr. Donaghy, who works by the light of a lamp. 

Bro. Geo. Thorn holding North Bend down till 
Bro. Brewster is relieved by Bro. Goulet. Bro. 
"Jack" Goodfellow, day telegrapher, filli the bUL 
Bro. Mann, from Seattle, working nighti. Be- 
lieve this man was "23d" but not sure. 

Bro. Wellington has Supuum since Bro. Potter 
resigned, to take charge of Nicola on the "Cactus 

Bro. MacPhee, at Hope, faithfully doing the 
night business. I believe his son has been very 
sick. Hope he will be all right soon. 

Bro. Hunt is in his new home at Agassiz. Bro. 
Geo. did not care for North Bend, besides 
Agassiz is better situated as regard* climate, and 
more like home. 

Bro. Denechaud, at Mission, day telegrapher 
(a cipher). Bro. Frank Shook working nights. 
This is one of the busiest stations on the pike; 
lots of lumber from United States points for the 
Canadian Northwest Pass through here. Bro 
Denechaud is just back from a long and well- 
earned vacation. Hope he enjoyed himself. 

Port Hammond is now in charge of Bro. Ogle, 
late of Savonas. Quite a change from sage brush 
and rocks to the "City of Rhubarb." 

Bro. Young holding down the "Combination," 
part C. P. R. and part McLaren Brov saw mill. 
Was in quarantine some weeks ago on account of 
small-pox. He escaped and is evidently all right. 

In conclusion, I may say Bros. Armstrong and 
Shaw are doing their best at the extreme west 
enS, viz., Vancouver (I think I may cut out the 
other fellow), but Bro. Clark, as relieving dis- 
patcher, holding down the copyist business till his 
turn comes, when George will do the right thing 
when he grasps the key. 

Mind your half yearly dues and probable assess- 
ment. "337." 

District No, 4 — 

My last notes missed the April journal, so to get 
these off sooner, will attempt nothing beyond the 

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mention of a few recent changes among the boyi 
on District No. 4. 

Bro. Oemeat* has been on the relief staff of 
late, and as a result. Bro. Mason, at Rigand, has 
to break his peaceful slumbers to attend the night 
passenger trains. 

Vankleek Hill has been asigned to a new man, 
by the name of Smith, brother of our "Bro." Harry 
C. We expect to see a button on the newcomer 
before long. 

Bro. Larocque is actually on leave of absence 
for his honeymoon; relieved by Bro. Revill. 
. Bro. McFarlane, Plantaganet, absent for a spell 
lately, on account of sickness. 

Navan is still minus its beloved agent, but the 
relief has changed. Bro. W. J. Kearns is now 
doing the trick. 

Bro. W. J. Boyce has returned to his old love, 
N. Y. & O. tower nights. 

Bro. Ellis, from "CD" office, OtUwa, dis- 
appeared lately for a couple of weeks. Sorry to 
hear it was rather serious illness. 

Our genial big brother. Swan, from the same 
oSice, was fortunate enough to attend the Min- 
neapolis convention. Relieved by Bro. J. R. 

Bro. McKay soon yearned for something less 
strenuous than Hull days, and bid in Preacott 
days, vice Bro. Leary, transferred to agency 
N. Y. & O. Junction. Bro. McPhail replaces him 
as day man at Hull, Bro. Bartlett taking the 
night hours there. Further changes at the same 
point include the arrival of Bro. H. C. Smith to 
replace temporarily Bro. Butter, who is still suf- 
fering from a painful malady. 

New man at Stittville, named Crawford, work- 
ing nights. 

' Same at Cobden nights. This gentleman is a 
Mr. Henderson. All of these will be brothers 
soon, we expect. They can not possibly resist the 
good influences around them. 

An office has been opened for the summer months 
at Petawawa Military Camp, and Bro. Dunn, from 
Pembroke is in charge, Bro. Mayhew, in the 
meantime going from night to day work at the 
latter station, and Bro. Smith taking Pembroke 

Gracefield, on the Gatineau, is being handled by 
a new agent, Mr. Workman, formerly assistant at 
Campbell's Bay, as Bro. Mitchell is taking a few 
months' rest. 

Bro. Metcalfe is leaving Burbidge to take Shaw- 
ville, vice Bro. Robertson, appointed auditor. Our 
congratulations to Bro. Robertson. 

At last report, Waltham was in charge of Bro. 
T. J. Reams. "Wheo." 

C, M. & 8t P. Ry. 

Tke Mftiif at Prairie du Chieti — 

A joint meeting of the members of the Prairie 
du Chien, Mineral Point and Iowa and Dakota 
Divisions was called by Local Chairman Thomas 
L Pagel, and convened at Prairie du Chien Sat- 
urday, June 22d. There were present six mem- 
bers from the I. & D., two from the M. P. and 
about twenty from the P. D. C. Division. Gen- 
eral Chairman Resshaw presided, and we were 

also favored by the presence of our Division Sec- 
retary and Treasurer, G. E. Soyster, and Local 
Chairman Shelby. 

The meeting was called to order at 9:1s p. m. 
by Bro. Renshaw, who called on Local Chair- 
man Pagel for an address. Bro. Pagel read the 
copy of a letter that he had written to our Chief 
Train Dispatcher of the P. D. C and M. P. 
Divisions, advising him of the meeting to be held 
and asking him to excuse as many men a* pos- 
sible so that they might attend. He also read a 
very kindly tetter which he received in reply in 
which, after stating that as many men would be 
excused as could be spared consistent with safety, 
he offered some suggestions regarding matters that 
might be profitably brought before the meeting in 
order to generally improve the service, thus 
showing his confidence in the usefulness of our 
organization. He spoke especially of the great aid 
that telegraphers could render in the prompt move- 
ment of trains in notifying diapatchers promptly 
of any delays to trains at their stations. This 
matter was then discussed and it is earnestly 
hoped that all members will do their best to assist 
train dispatchers in the movement of trains. Any- 
thing that we can do in the way of co-operation 
to improve the service will strengthen us in the 
effort to improve our general condition. 

Bros. Pagel and Shelby were appointed a com- 
mittee to take up password or see that each at- 
tendant had an up-to-date card. 

Bro. J. Connell moved that at future meetings 
the password should be required from each mem- 
ber. This elicited some discussion, but having 
received a second, was carried in the affirmative. 

Then followed a discussion regarding W. U. 
work and the rule that all telegraphers should 
report to their relay office between the hours of 
9 and to a. m. and 5 and 6 p. m. on Sundays. 
Bro. Soyster thought that all should do this, but 
in case there was not enough business to warrant 
it, it should be taken up as a grievance. 

Bro. Renshaw gave some good counsel regarding 
the relation of railroad telegraphers to their 
superintendent of telegraph. The gist of it was 
that his department should receive the same con- 
sideration from us as from any of the others, as 
it is a part of the duties for which we are em- 
ployed. We are to keep into clear regarding all 
business that is entrusted to us which comes in 
the line of our duty as per agreement with the 

Bro. Soyster made an address in which among 
other things he urged that members assist their 
Local Chairman by keeping him posted regarding 
matters of interest at their various stations. (Ap- 

Bro. Shelby said he would tike to hear from 
Wisconsin regarding the hours of service bill 
This was responded to by Bro. Connell, who gave 
a clear recital of the various effects that had been 
put forth to secure such legislation, but up to the 
present time no bill has been enacted into taw. 
One thing stands out clearly, the Social Demo- 
crat members of our legislature, and particularly 
Mr. Carl D. Thompson, of Milwaukee, have worked 
bard to secure a law which they think would safe- 

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tuMtd th« rifhts of the public and better the con- 
dition of the employe*. 

The ttteti who work at one-man stations do not 
elearlr understand their position regarding the 
various State and National lawa limiting the hours 
of service. It seems that in some States no limit 
has been placed on the number of hours that a 
telegrapher may be kept on duty at a one-man 
station. Men occupying such positions can hardly 
see why there should be a very great difference, 
as human endurance is about the same in onr 
job as another. 

Then followed a discussion of the student ques- 
tion. Members were urged to strictly observe the 
laws of our Order regarding this. There are 
plenty of telegraphcra in the country whose scr- 
vieea can be secured by the companies when wages 
and conditions are made an object. 

We were advised that a telegrapher has a right 
to teach the art to his own son or daughter, after 
having first secured a permit from the President. 

The meeting was a jolly one. Good fellowship 
and good feeling exist between the members to a 
marked degree. Such meetings would be of great 
service if held oftener. There was just one cir- 
cumstance that threw a cloud over our spirits and 
brought sadness to our hearts. We were advised 
that several men who were esteemed brothers a 
few years ago have allowed their membership to 
lapse. Not able to pay dues after all the benefits 
received, and in one case the lapsed member, so 
it is reported, has started a "ham factory." 

Your correspondent feels like requesting the 
members of this division to wear mourning for a 
while. But we have few nana, and our live men 
are very much alive. God bless them! 

Now, fearing that I have already exceeded my 
privilege and taken too much space, will cut out, 
after saying that our meeting was only adjourned 
in time to allow the men to make the east-bound 
thain at 12:20 a. m. Dnr. Cos. 

Well, what is the matter with old "Jim," arc 
you busy these days? 

Have you put in your application for one uf 
those numerous vacancies? 

Bro. Daniels, from Fargo, secured Evarts anil 
is going out to wrestle with the stock business. 

Bro. Geo. Bulmer resigned as agent at Edgeley 
and accepted a position as cashier in a bank at 
that place. Sorry to loose him, but here is our 
best wishes for his future prosperity. 

Bro. File appointed agent at Edgeley on bull- 

We are glad to note Bro. Hulbcrt, of Wolscy, 
who has been on the sick list, is able to be back 
.It the old stand. Bro. Cobb, formerly of the 
N. P. relieved Bro. Hulbert. 

Bro. Pafford received the appointment as agent 
at Ellendale on bulletin. This is one of the best 
jobs on the "Jim." 

Bro. Marlett, of Tulare, received Bowdle Sta- 
tion on bulletin. Glad to see promotion, but 
sorry to lose him off the main line. Vacancy at 
Tulare not yet filled, Mrs. Marlett holding down 
station during the transfer. 

We are pleased to note the promotion of Brc. 
Jacobs to second trick in dispatcher's office. 

How about your next door neighbor? Is he a 
member of our Order? If not, please get busy. 
Your Local Chairman needs the assistance of 
every member in this work and has received a new 
supply of application blanks, which he will be glad 
to send, if you will notify him. 

Brothers, arc your dues and assessments paid 
up to January, 1908. If not, please look after 
this at once, as this is the only way you can 
show an up-to-date card. 

Please send Local Chairman Ayars, Redfield, 
nil items uf news, who will make arrangementb 
for write-up. Obit. 738. 

/otca and Dakota VitisioH 

Everything on the Iowa & Dakota looking good; . 
nearly one hundred per cent strong now. 

Bro. A. T. Flikke has been appointed as agent 
at Mason City, Uro. J. J. Corbett relieving him at 
Kudd as agent. 

Bro. Shelby has been attending the convention 
at Minneapolis, Bro. Kreicha relieving at Charles 

Bro. F. M. Higgins is working side table at 
Mitchell and doing good work, relieved at San- 
born by Bro. Bert Higgins. 

Bro. F. H. Hinton, of Spencer, was away fot 
a week on account of sickness of his daughter. 

Bro. Keen is again back at Mason City side 
table after several weeks of sickness. 

There are several new men coming on the divis- 
ion and we should keep close watch and see that 
all are in line. Do not wait for the Chairman to 
attend lo this, as it is more to our own interest 
than his. 

Bro. Worley has been absent on account of sick- 
ness, Bro. Kelly doing the heavy act at Hartley. 

Bro. Dwark, of Algona, is taking a rest. Bro. 
Paine, the night telegrapher, on days. 

Our train master, R. P. Edson, has gone to the 
W. R. V. Division as superintendent. He's an 
all arotind good man and will make good any- 

A. C. Peterson will have charge from Chanilicr- 
lain to North McGregor now, which makes a lonif 
division for him. 

Train dispatchers are taking their yearly vaca- 

Bro. Hopkins, at Wesley, was absent for a few 
days, relieved by Mr. Dooley, but has resumed 
work. Cert. 181. 

r. D. C. Division — 

Having but recently been appointed corre- 
■ipondent, and it being so near the en<l of the 
month, I can only get in a few items that have 
been sent me by one or two of the brothers. 

Bro. M. P. Valentine, agent at Genesee, was 
painfully injured by a wagon gear falling on his 
right foot. 

Mr. Frank O'Leary, extra, is relieving Bro. E 
C. Frazer, at Madison nights, who is taking a 

Mr. Frank O'Leary has promised to become a 
brother immediately after the June pay day. 

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The fine new station building at Edgerton was 
pnt into service June 34. Bros. Lampman anJ 
Symons says there's nothing like it. 

Bro. T. L. Pagel, our Local Chairman, made a 
trip over the P. D. C. on No. pa the first part of 
the month. Tom knows just how to handle thr 
boys and certainly deserves credit. 

Mineral Point and P. D. C. DivitioHS— 

The nons on the Mineral Point Division have 
been reduced to two. For what reason do yuu 
suppose they are hangipg out in the cold? I 
think they will come in before the snow flies. 

Henry Brockway, of Albany, has now joined our 
forces and may now be called brother. We are 
always glad to get in members such as Bro. Brock- 
way, as it lends a dignity to the Order, and we 
should always extend a helping and friendly hand 
to our new brothers. 

Bro. B. A. Allen relieved by Bro. Pagel at 
Mineral Point while attending the convention an<t 
on his visit East. 

Bro. J. H. Valentine, night telegrapher at Janes- 
ville, is taking an extended leave of absence on 
account of ill health. Night work does not agree 
with Jack. Bro. Burleigh Allen, the "high wire 
walker," is relieving him. 

Bros. Pagel and Voss were the only two mem- 
bers from Mineral Point Division who could stand 
the all-night trip to Prairie du Chien to attend the 

Bro. A. J. McOoskey has departed for the West. 
Understand he is working for the Union Pacific 
at Elm Grove, California. 

BrA. Jas. Broderick resumed work the 23d. 

Here it an extract from the Milrvaukte Free 
Press of June .>6th: "Railroad employes and rail- 
road telegraphers and train dispatchers will here- 
after be prohibited from working more than eight 
hours a day in Wisconsin- Two Assembly bills to 
that effect were concurred in by the Senate after 
a long discassien." How about going fishing 
some afternoon at the close of our eight-hour trick? 
But I believe moat of the old-timers would be like 
the prisoner discharged but refusing to leave the 
cell because he could not believe the news. 

Cert. 7^6. 

Sorthtrn Division — 

The jeth of June is here again. Have you all 
paid up and received your new card? If not, get 
busy after this pay day and don't make our Local 
Chairman worry the price out of you. 

Understand Mr. Meyer, at Germantown, has his 
resignation in. Can not say as to the truth of 

Bro. Holt, agent at Waupun, is on the sick list, 
relieved by Mr. Sellen. 

Mr. Sellen was relieved at Rolling Prairie by 
Bro. Gensmer. 

Bro. Hoyt, at Iron Ridge Junction, has adopted 
the base ball sport to past away the weary Sun- 
days and surplus cash. 

Bro. Porter landed the Randolph agency, by 
hnlletin, vice Bro. Lenta. 

Bro. Dunlap is on the sick list, relieved by Bro. 
Lenti, at Beaver Dam. 

Our hustling Local Chairman, T. D. Hoyt, got 
the Horicon agency, Bro. Lentz obtaining the 
Minnesota Junction agency vacated by Bro. Hoyt. 

Mr. Buchholtx is relieving at Horicon until 
the transfer is made. 

It is very hard for a night man to pick up the 
news, as none of the boys seem to take enough 
interest in this matter to help the correspondent 
out a little. 

Mr. Nichols filled the vacancy at Waupun. 

Will cut out for this time. Dtv. Coa. 

Third District— 

If some one would give me the choice of doing 
this write-up or something else, I would try and 
do the something else, as I am up against it for 
news. Was in hopes there would be a meeting on 
the return of the delegates from the convention 
at Minneapolis, as all the members would be glad 
to hear by word of mouth the things that were 
done there, and think the returned delegate should 
be willing to give this information. No doubt 
they are entirely willing, and when a meeting is 
held, it should be well attended. Several things 
have happened on the division in the last few 
months that should be discussed that we may 
properly protect ourselves. 

Bro. Murback was relieved while gone to the 
convention by R. S. Merrill. Have not learned 
who Bro. Livezey's relief was. They report a 
great time at the "Twin Cities." 

We are sorry to learn of the resignation of 
Bro. Livezey at Local Chairman on the C. & M. 
and C. & E. Divisions. It would be hard to 
pick out a more earnest O. R. T. man on any 
road than he. In fact he was one of the first to 
aid in the work in this section, when merely 
thinking of joining the O. R. T. was sufficient 
cause for dismissal from the service by some 
officials, and be can be proud of the fact that he 
helped when help was really needed. Bro. t. J. 
Alleman, of Libertyville, was unanimously elected 
to fill the vacancy. He has long been Assistant 
Local Chairman, and is no doubt the best man that 
could have been selected. Bro. Alleman is a very 
busy man, and all the boys must bear in mind that 
they will be making the burden less by answerinis 
any questions promptly, or helping cheerfully in 
any way that he may ask. Cheerful and prompt 
assistance is one of the things that should be 
rendered all Local Chairmen, as their job is almost 
a thankless one. This is not what it should he, 
hut nevertheless it is a fact 

Another thing that should be handled more 
promptly by all concerned is when a paper is 
being passed over the road for help of any of our 
members during sickness or death, for the purchase 
of floral offerings or any expense that it it our 
duty to help meet, tb* paper should be handled 
with dispatch, and under no circumstances should 
the paper be "pigeon-holed" and in all probability 
forgotten. If you do not wish to contribute, that 
is your business, but you should not stand in the 
way of others, and cause the ones starting the 
paper an extra and unnecessary amount of trouble, 
and in many cases, the loss of time to get things 

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The death of Kveral people in the families of 
our membera in the past few weeks plainly shows 
that we need a fund in our local treasury to pur- 
chase floral offerings and for cab hire, if it is 
needed, on short notice. The way it is now, part 
of them are missed because it is volunteer work 
to start a paper, and in all probability the cash 
outlay of the one starting it, he trusting to the 
help of the members later, and as in the case of 
the "pigeon-holed" or lost paper, it is months 
before he is reimbursed. The ones missed no 
doubt feel slighted, as they have no doubt helped 
in cases of others, and it would only be natural 
for them to wish to be remembered in their 
affliction. The semi.annual dues of $i.oo, which 
was voted to be assessed each member on the 
Third District should be collected and the pur- 
chase of floral offerings authorized as well as the 
expense of hall rent. We seem to want to be too 
cheap, but in the end we suffer by our folly. 
Understand the Terminal boys kicked very hard 
against this assessment, but when it is viewed in 
the light of the foregoing, it would be willingly 
met by all. 

Bro. Perry, of Pacific Junction, has the heart- 
felt sympathy of all. A small son of his died the 
other day and a daughter is near death, and the 
wife is very sick also at the present writing. 

Bro. T. F. Bates is relieving on the second 
trick at Pacific Junction. 

Mr. Curley has been checked in as agent at 
Hermosa, vice Mr. Meighen. Do not know where 
Mr. Meighen is going at present. 

Mr. R. S. Merrill is working at Glenview nighti. 
Forest Glen nights having been closed on account 
of automatK signals working between Pacific Junc- 
tion and Glenview. 

Bro. Moore, of Warrenton nights, is home on a 
visit Understand his home is in Missouri. He 
is being relieved by Mr. McEntyre. Can not say 
if this man is a brother or not. If not, he had 
better be. 

Just learned that Mr. Miller, of Lake nights, 
has dropped out of the Order. Am surprised at 
this as he used to be one of the first ones, and 
can think of no reason that justifies such an act. 
Surely he is not sore because of $15 to $20 in- 
crease in pay per month in the last four years? 
Think Mr. Miller will be doing himself no more 
than justice to get back in line at once. Am sure 
it will be more like justice to the rest of us. 

Bro. J. L. Bloss is working at Galewood days. 
He holds membership in Division No. 8. 

Mr. M. S. Carr, who was at Galewood days for 
a while, secured "CG" nights on bulletin. Bro. 
J. N. Juleson, who has been there nights for quite 
a while, secured the day vacancy, and Bro. Peter- 
son secured the job as extra telegrapher. This is 
aho a day job. 

Dispatcher Thos. Cox has moved from Zenda to 
the city. He is located on the south side. 

Bros. R. J. Simen and G. T. Carroll took a 
flying trip to Milwaukee the other day. 

Ce«t. 1,129. 

Southern Uintutota Division — 

Having been handed the lemon by our worthy 
Local Chairman and told to squeeze it to the best 
of my ability each and every month and send the 
product to The TELScaAFHER, here goes. To tell 
the truth, the changes on this division of the 
Milwaukee System have been so swift that one 
can hardly keep them all on the tab. My time is 
very limited, or I might get a few items of interest 
from the Far West, but as it is, you will have to 
be contented with what I can dish up for the time 
being, and in the future any items will be gladly 

On the first division, between Ramsey and La 
Crosse, the same old-timers have been sticking to 
their posts as faithfully as ever. 

We regret to say that Bro. Olson, at Wbalan, 
is again having trouble with hi* afflicted leg and 
has been compelled to lay off twice quite recently. 
The first time he was relieved by Bro. E H. 
Laugen, from Rushford, orginally but more re- 
cently relief man for S. M., east end. 

Bro. Eggen, at Isinours, is now out of service, 
being relieved by H. M. Berg, from Albert Lea, 
who at one time was a brother, but at present time 
am unable to leam whether he carries a card or 

Local Chairman J. W. Barber attended the con- 
vention at Minneapolis and reports a very fine 
time. During his absence he was relieved by Bro. 
J. M. Olson, from Grand Meadow, whose place was 
filled by Relief Agent, Bro. E. H. Laugen. The 
rest of I he boys on the east end seem to be going 
along in the same old rut, but no doubt later on 
they will get their vacations if they can get any 
men to relieve them. 

At Ramsey, your humble servant and his night 
owl are kept busy chasing up the staff and keeping 
a watchful eye on it in order that some conductor 
don't take it home with him and complicate the 
workings. The rest of our spare time is spent 
in delivering lectures to the inquisitive traveling 
public upon the mysteries and mechanism of the 
staff system. We are seriously considering the 
matter of asking the company to get up a neat 
circular or card that will explain all the intricacies 
and thus save us much valuable time. 

At Alden, Bro. H. R. Laugen is off on a three 
months' vacation, being relieved by Walter E. 
Campbell, former clerk and cashier at Wells. I 
have heard it rumored that Mr. Campbell quite 
recently came over and joined the rest of us 
fellows in the matrimonial game, but would not 
vouch for the absolute truth of this statement. 
Am also unable to learn whether he is a member or 

Peter Berg, nights at Wells, has been laying off 
for about a week. His place was filled by a teleg- 
rapher named Stanley, from the Iowa Central, I 

Bro. Flindt from Fairmont days to Vienna, S. 
D. station. John could not stay away from "VA" 
long, as there are too many attractions out in that 
wild and woolly town. Fairmont days assigned to 
Bro. Samuel Cummings, from Jackson. It's quite 
a large-sized lemon, and no one will get into mis- 
chief there for lack of something to do. 

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Bro. J. C Creedoo, who held down Welcome for 
many yean, i* off on six months' vacation. Bro. 
Jas. Sbeehy was assigned the station for that length 
of time, on bulletin, and Easton station assigned 
to Ed Malone for same period 

Now, brothers, I have about reached the end 
of my rope, as the saying goes, for there have 
been so many changes on the west end, and the 
boys are so far away that it will be impossible 
for me to give any account of affairs out there. 

Bro. E. H. Laugen assigned to day position in 
dispatcher's office at Madison. Don't know where 
Van Wie went 

Understand there are several new comers out 
there on the M. & B. line. Some from other 
divisions, but have no definite information in re- 
gard to them. 

You, brothers, all like to see something in the 
journal every month from the division, but you 
must remember that the division correspondent is 
situated quite a distance from the extremes of the 
west end, and if you know of anything that will 
be of benefit to other members, any nons out 
your way who have been promising to come in for 
several years and still go on taking all the over- 
time and raise of pay, let us know so we can give 
them a write-up, for I believe a few on this 
division should be shown up in their true colors. 
Another thing upon which I want to compliment 
the members of the S. M. division is their prompt- 
ness in paying their dues. In the last two lists 
of members of Division 23 who are behind in 
their dues, there is only one man on the S. M., 
and his name appeared on both lists. Am sorry 
any member receiving the increase in pay and the 
other benefits should see fit to drop out, and as I 
said before, I wish to congratulate the S. H. boys 
on their promptness. 

You, brothers, all like to see something in the 
destination without being laid up for repairs, I 
will later on try to give the S. M. another jolt. 

Some of the members of other divisions of this 
system have been geting sarcastic about the old 
S. M., and how dead we were, but hurry in your 
news early and we may yet be able to show them 
that we have only been sleeping. 

One last reminder before I take off the current 
for good. You all received the letter in regard to 
students, and I hope you will all remember your 
pledge and not teach any one, for there are any 
amount of good, first-class men in other branches 
of business who only forsook railroad work be- 
cause the hours were so long and the pay so small. 
Remember, the wages will rise in accordance with 
the supply. I think the man who is responsible 
for the protection and movement of all trains 
should have a salary somewhere proportionate 
with a conductor who runs only one train. There 
is no question but what it is unjust that these 
same men should get twice and sometimes three 
times as much as. we receive. 

Will now cut out. Div. Coa. 

C. 6r C. B., Iowa Division — 

Bro. Fowler, regular nights at Templeton, has 
been doing the agency act at Dedham since Bro. 
Smith laid off and quit to accept a better job on 

some foreign road. Fowler relieved by Bro. 
Clancey. Clancey quit after three weeks, relieved 
by Bro. Kiley, who is a new transfer to Division 
No. 23. 

Bro. Wright got Dedham agency, Bro. Fowler 
back to Templeton, Bro. Kiley went to Maxwell. 

Bro. Foster of Herndon days, moved to Dunbar 
agency, relieved by Bro. Wood, of Haverhill. 

Bro. House, nights at Aspinwall, got Capren on 
bulletin, but worked extra at Coon Rapids and 
Louisa for a few nights. Did not like Capron, so 
bid for Maxwell. Relieved at Aspinwall by C. 
Rose, who promises to get up to date as soon as 
he gets the price. 

Bro. McDowell, nights at Coon Rapids, was 
called home to Rippey suddenly on account of 
his father being til. Relieved at Coon Rapids by 
Bro. A. L. Clancey. 

Bro. A. L. Clancey, extra at Coon Rapids, to 
Gladstone. Don't know who is at Coon Rapi'ls 

Bro. Brown, days at Manilla, to Panama or 
Portsmouth, he don't know which yet. Relieved ' 
by Hon Disburg, of Perry. He says he will have 
an up-to-date the first of July. 

P. J. Rogers, from Portsmouth agency to Earl- 
ing agency. Can't some one line him up? 

Bro. Frundle has left Earling for something 
better; don't know what. 

Bro. John Copeland is about to leave Panama 
for some foreign seaport. 

Bro. Frymoyer, the old stand-by of Weston 
nights, says he had a good time on his vacation 
in Eastern Iowa. Relieved by young Elder, of 
Perry yard. He went to Collins after Bro. Fry- 
moyer got back. 

A. H. Krasch landed Huxley nights; be will 
have "Bro." tacked on as soon as be is old enough 
to join. 

Bro. E. F. Cashman, of St. Louis Division, is 
again with us. We are pleased to note Bro. Cash- 
man worked on this division ten years ago and is 
one of the old guards. 

Only a few nons left, and the majority is sure 
to be with us in the near future. The minority 
are without a doubt condemned to a life mem- 
bership in the "Grab Club." A list of the club 
will be mailed soon. 

Our General Secretary and Treasurer is not 
receiving the support that he should in the matter 
of paying dues. It is noticed he has to punch up 
several members two and three times before they 
cough up their dues. Get busy, boys, and do your 
share. Our Secretary has enough to do without 
this extra work. 

All members are anxiously awaiting the receipt 
of the June Telecrapuer with the report of the 
convention held at Minneapolis. 

Bro. C. E. Olson is doing the relief agency 
stunt at Madrid while Bro. Green is away on his 

Bro. Slife is holding down the elevator job at 
Dedham while his father is working nights in 
the bank. "Nick." 

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Kansas City Division — 

Everything quiet on this division; but few 

Liberty agency, bulletined last month, has not 
been filled. Bro. Bristle is running the station as 
acting agent and Bro. W. D. Wright the same at 

Mr. Thade, who has been away for some timr, 
returned to work the first of the month. 

Bro. De Garma, agent at Lucerne, had to give up 
his position on account of his health and has gone 
to Colorado for the summer. We hope to hear of 
his recovery and return to work at an early date. 

Mr. Calvert, agent at Mystic, who has been out 
to Seattle, has returned and is at work again. 

Bro. Crabb, day telegrapher at Cedar Rapids, is 
off for thirty days on a wedding trip. "13" they 
have gone to the Pacific Coast. 

Bro. George Shaw, agent at Rutledge, surprised 
us all by announcing that Miss Bessie McClean, 
of Washington, Iowa, would be Mrs. Shaw after 
June 19. Here is best wishes and congratulations 
to Bros. Crabb and Shaw, and may they have a 
pleasant journey through life. 

Bro. Bell is relieving Bro. Crabb, who in turn 
was relieved by Bro. Riley. 

Sister Grossbeck is working nights at Williams 
burg at present. 

Bro. Geo. Reams is back at Amana. Glad to 
hear that George is able to work again. 

The agency at Fairfax, which was closed la^it 
month, was reopened and duly bulletined, Bro. 
Reams, the former agent, securing bis old position. 

Telegrapher Akerman, at Sigourney, was quite 
seriously injured about two weeks ago by placing 
a truck load of baggage a trifle too close to the 
edge of the platform, which was struck by pas- 
senger train No. 9, causing the truck handle to 
strike him in the body, breaking two or more 
ribs and otherwise injuring him. He was taken 
to the hospital at Ottumwa, and at last report was 
doing well. 

Bro. Cole, of Ardon, is having his run of hard 
Kick, Mrs. Cole having undergone the second 
operation within the past year. She is reported 
as doing nicely, however, and it is to be hoped 
she will regain her former health. 

Now, brothers, to all of you who have not re- 
ceived your card for the last half of 1907, let me 
urge upon you the necessity of being prompt in 
keeping up your dues, just as much so as any 
other business. If you are negligent in this mat- 
ter, it goes to show that it is your disposition to 
drag, and if you were not afraid the auditors 
would complain to the superintendent, you would 
allow your reports and station business to drag 
the same way. So let us all be up and doing and 
ilo it with a will. 

The scarcity of telegraphers is increasing all 
the time. I will leave it for you to answer why, 
and what our future prospects are if we continue 
loyal to our own welfare. Drv. Cor. 

La Crosse Division — 

Business still continues good, and .some of the 
old-time boys are asking questions in regard to the 
different matters, hours of work, pay, etc., and l>y 

all appearances, many telegraphers who have retired 
will re-enter the ranks when fair treatment and 
better pay is accorded us. 

You will find thousands of competent teleg- 
raphers throughout the coimtry who have left the 
service to follow other lines of business in order 
that they might live and support their families 
on a par with other classes of employes, to say 
nothing of Sunday rest. How many of us at 
present know much about a Sabbath day? Very 
few. We find a great number of these men would 
readily rettirn to the telegraph service if the con- 
ditions were made ordinarily pleasant and profit- 
able. It stands to reason that a telegrapher ought 
to command better wages than ignorant immi- 

The convention at Minneapolis May 13 proved 
to be one of the best and largest attended conven- 
tions in the history of the Order of Railway Teleg- 
raphers, and when President Perham called the 
convention to order that day, more representatives 
answered the roll call than ever answered a similar 
roll call iti the history of the Order. We found 
at this convention brothers from all parts of the 
United States and Canada. Cut. 349. 

Williamsport Division, No. 24. 

The following resolutions were adopted at the 
last meeting of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers 
Div. No. 34, at Williamsport, Pa., June 6, 1907: 

Wherzas, It has pleased the Almighty God in 
His infinite wisdom to remove from our midst an 
honored brother and member of our Division No. 
24, by death; 

Resolved, That we bow in 'humble submission to 
the act of the Divine Ruler of the universe, but, 
while so doing, can not help expressing our sor- 
row over the death of our Bro. Lloyd Nicely; 

Resolved, That our sympathy be extended to the 
bereaved family of the deceased brother, and that 
our charter be draped for a period of thirty days; 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
spread upon the minutes, a copy handed to the 
bereaved family and a copy forwarded to The 
RAttROAD Telegrapher for publication. 

J. J. Klinegenbercer, 
M. J. Shure, 
H. W. Johnson, 


Baltimore Division, No. 17. 

Mr. W. R. Robinson, firet trick man at Perry- 
man, has bid in day trick at north bound yard, 

Mr. T. F. McClelland has been transferred from 
second to third trick at North Point. The second 
trick vacancy is advertised. 

On July ist the P. 6. & W. will begin the use 
of a series of caution cards, taking the place of the 
Form 19 proceed orders, which they claim will 
greatly facilitate the movement of trains and less 
work for the train dispatcher. 

On account of the continued cool weathor the 
perishable run of freight from the South has been 
lighter this season than for many years. 


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New Haven Division, No. 29. 

The Jane meeting of Div. No. 39 recorded a 
large attendance. All ofiicers were preaent and a 
quantity of buainesa waa transacted. This meeting 
promiaed mtich in the way of local and general 
information. It should not be inferred, much less 
expressed, that the cause of the large attendance 
was the expectation to Icam much that was in- 
dividually gratifying, for I believe that the habit 
of attending meetings is so strongly formed by our 
members and the desire so thoroughly natural that 
wett attended meeting; would be the general rule, 
and not the exception, were the expectations less 
inducing. But seeing that the General Committee 
bad a few days before meeting night concluded 
their negotiations and this fact had become widely 
circulated and that the representatives had re- 
turned from the Minneapolis convention; these 
two factors injected a little more than ordinary 
enthusiasm into the meeting-attending aggregation, 
which radiating from their joyous countenances 
illuminated the way to the division room so that 
the ones less frequent in attendance seeing the 
way and catching something of the diffused incen- 
tives, appeared to fill the chairs and participate in 
the wholesome and healthy good fellowship. 

This is the way to have it. Make the meetings 
all that the name implies. Have a meeting of 
minds as well as a meeting of persons and have 
the gathering so large that from the very size 
of the assemblage inspiration will come and cour- 
age and confidence will gain a firmer root as the 
acquaintances ripen and the understanding broad- 
ens through the very potent agency of association. 

The attendants were well paid for their visit, 
as they had the best evidence obtainable of their 
schedule's existence, for they got it straight from 
their General Chairman, Bro. E. J. Manion, who 
in his own interesting way told of the fruits that 
bad ripened to the harvesting point in the few 
months of the committee's labors and when this 
was backed up by the physical proportions and 
vocal volume of Bro. O. S. Culver ("Stub") (who 
while a "sub," is no slob), none dared to doubt 
but that the successful termination was a cer- 
tainty and that the promised fruits would when 
plucked be as certain. 

To many, no doubt, the length of time expended 
in schedule nogotiations by the General Committee 
seemed unnecessarily long and it has been inti- 
mated by some that it was drawn out purposely 
by the parties of the first part. Now looking at 
the situation from the standpoint of one on the 
ontside, I do not concur in this intimation. The 
facts seem to bear out the assertion that it could 
no be so even if there had been a dejiire on the 
part of the opposition to delay the conclusion or 
to divorce themselves from the inevitable by pur- 
suing questionable or suspicion arousing tactics. 

The whole question in the concrete was and is 
one of gigantic proportions, inimical somewhat to 
the treaty making negotiations of friendly countries. 
Viewed in its less complex sense it resolves itself 
into one of innumerable significancies; computed 
in the simplier sense its compilation was as intri- 

cate and tedious as the positions and individuals 
are peculiar and numerous. It is as if a separate 
schedule had been compiled, drafted, presented, 
modified, remodeled, rejected and accepted for 
each position and individual with the attending 
allegations, evidence, arguments, propositions and 
counter-propositions from both parties in interest, 
and then the merging of all of these into one 
schedule, concise and cogent, guaranteeing indus- 
trial rights and protecting craft privileges. 

The many adjournments that seemed to us on 
the outside as indicative of a disposition to dis- 
courage and dishearten the negotiators were 
caused by the very exacting demands of up-to-date 
twentieth century railway management. The man- 
aging officials had to keep the wheels of com- 
merce turning; and just at this time with all of the 
changes in railway rates and rules, with the meet- 
ing of joint committees of all of the railroads in 
the East and West; the Car Efiiciency Committee, 
which met at frequent periods; the Grievance and 
General Committee appointments with sister or- 
ganizations; all of these combined to try the pa- 
tience and generate adverse feelings and arouse 
anxiety in the minds and breasts of the rank and 
file who were waiting for the announcement of the 
terms of final settlement. 

So they turned out to the meeting which it was 
their duty to do and gather the information in 
store for them. 

The report of the returned representatives was 
received with visible and audible satisfaction. The 
ship of organised telegraph industry is manned 
and provisioned for a two years' trip with all of 
her sails set and the colors of unioniam flying at 
her peak, is a picture inspiring to the imagination 
and radiant to the vision. Now, bend to the oars, 
brothers, and Yale-like, the race is ours. 

Notts from tkt C. N. E.— 

M. J. Kane is the new man at Twin Lakes for 
the summer. 

Agent Martin was in Danbury Thursday for the 

Understand there are still a few who are not 
with tn. Why don't some brother look these few 
up and get solid? 

A number of the east end agents took in the 
circus at Hartford. 

New telegrapher at Lakevillc days; don't see 
any button. 

Bro. Small has resigned to go into business at 
Norfolk. The new man in his place does not wear 
an O. R. T. badge. 

We got one of the men at Millerton. Now go 
after the other and we will be solid. 

.SViorr Line, West — 

Bro. T. W. Campbell landed his old job. seconii 
trick at Guilford. Tom worked this job for years 
until the tower was put back on a twelve-hour 
basis. We do not expect he will ever be obliged 
to leave it again for the same reason. 

Bro. J. Carmody, of Shannock nights, has bid 
in the west end relief. Everybody seems to be 
taking a crack at this job. 

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The railroad telegraphers' eight-hour State bill 
is still pending. The bill has been recommitted 
once, which was an unexpected boost The teleg- 
raphers throughout the State are anxiously await- 
ing developments and will probably know the put- 
come ere this comes to your notice. 

Brca. Peck and Bump, of South Lyme, are 
spending the summer in Bro. Bump's newly-erected 
cottage at Sound View. We are awaiting an in- 
vitation to a "shore dinner." 

Bro. Lyons, first trick at Fort Yard, New Lon- 
don, left June i8th for a week's vacation. Bros. 
Waller and Bump doubled until his return. 

Bro. Fleming Wall, of Guilford, recently made 
a flying trip to North Adams, Mass. 

Bro. A. T. Stannard, of Leets Island, is again 
able to live at his home at Clinton for the summer, 
owing to the additional trains under the new time 

Telegrapher Bums, first trick at Saybrook Junc- 
tion, away on sick leave. Bros. Smith and White 
doubled. Bro. Smiti justly demanded a leverman 
and got one. 

Telegrapher Brown, at Lyme nights, secured his 
regular relief for June. Job covered by Bro. 

Bros. Stevens and McCoy, of East Lyme, are 
kept rather busy at present with Longregans work 
train around there. 

We hear Bro. Paul Hardaway, formerly of 
Guilford, has accepted a position with the B. & 
M. R. R. We are all very sorry to lose him, but 
wish him every siKcess. 

Bro. E. S. Brimmer, owl at Leete's Island, has 
resumed work after a short vacation spent at his 
old home in York State. 

The new bridge over the Connecticut River at 
Lyme is fast nearing completion. This will be a 
big relief to Bro. F. M. Wilcox, day man at that 
place, who has certainly been worked the limit 
during its construction. 

Bro. A. T. Stannard, days at Leete's Island, who 
was indisposed for a week, has, we are pleased to 
say, again resumed work. Job covered by Mr. 
Hawley during his absence. 

The last meeting was a bummer, and those who 
failed to attend certainly missed a treat. Why 
can't we have a better showing at meetings from 
the S. L? 

Again the General Committee has very credit- 
ably completed negotiations for a revision of our 
schedule with the company. This time the teleg- 
raphers of the system will be benefited annually to 
the extent of 80,000 dollars. Pretty good, don't 
you think? How much did you invest in the pro- 
ject? Take your pencil and figure the dividend 
on your investment. Do you know of any other 
source under the sun whereby you could have 
placed youT money to better advantage? We are 
sorry to say the Shore Line still has a few nons. 
These men will, of course, be benefited to the 
same extent as we who have taken an interest 
and paid the coin to bring about these improved 
conditions. How long are these men going to 
accept this increase without offering a small por- 
tion of it for an up-to-date card that represents 

so much, and places them among men who have 
and are still advancing their personal interests? 
We trust none will stand back in the face of such 
proof of what is to be gained by giving the Gen- 
eral Committee a solid backing. 

You have read much about the $75 minimum and 
eight hours. Can't you see how close we are com- 
ing to this? Then why not see to it that you 
personally are giving your aid to get it on the next 
revision? A solid membership with a little some- 
thing more than gristle in your back will do it. 

Div. Co«. 

Providence Division, No. 35. 

The June meeting of Providence Div. 35 will 
pass into history as one of the milestones in the 
heretofore thorny pathway of the O. R. T. on the 
New Haven road, and will be remembered by each 
and every member present as the most enthusiastic 
meeting ever held in the East. 

The return of the General Committee laden with 
the spoils of war after a prolonged session with 
the officials at New Haven, the return of the dele- 
gates from the Grand Division, and a general 
desire to hear the good news, furnished the incen- 
tive for a large gathering, and to say that every- 
body left the hall satisfied with the results of the 
year's work would be a mild statement indeed. 

The regular business of the meeting was dis- 
patched as quickly as possible and Bro. Manion, 
our General Chairman, given the floor. He told 
what had been accomplished by the committee, 
giving an outline of plans for the future, fol- 
lowed by a few words of advice to the members 
as to not only keeping intact a well-oiled and 
working organization, but how to perfect it and 
keep it in shape to continue the work. 

Bro. Manion was followed by Bro. Culver, the 
acting secretary and treasurer of the General Com- 
mittee, in the oratorical effort of the evening. 
Bro. Culver claims he was not aware of the fact 
that he was an orator before, but the conditions 
were so favorable and the circumstances under 
which he was called upon to speak had such a won- 
derful effect upon him that his address was one of 
the best ever given before Div. 35. 

Bro. Culver closed with a suggestion that every 
member take for his motto for the coming year, 
"Dig in," and subsided in a roar of applause. 

Bro. Lippincott, local chairman of the Shore 
Line Division, responded to a request for a few 
remarks in his characteristic manner, and Bro. 
Brady, local chairman of the Worcester Division, 
added to the general hilarity by a few well-chosen 

The greetings of the members to Bro. Joslin on 
his return to Providence and their congratulations 
on bis unanimous election to the Board of Di- 
rectors, were both sincere and substantial, and that 
they were appreciated by the recipient the lovers 
of good union-made cigars can testify. 

The members of Div. 35 have reason to be 
proud, not only of their whole staff of oflicers, 
their local chaincen, but their representative on 
the Board of Directors. All who have met Bro. 

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Joclin at Mssions of the Grand Division, or have 
been associated with him in the work here for the 
past ten or fifteen jrcars are assured of his ability 
to fill any position with credit and to act with 
courtesy and fairness to all. 

The prospects for a complete organization of the 
New Haven road were never brighter than at the 
present time. Material evidence of this was fur- 
nished by he large batch of applications read at 
the meeting. Non-meml>ers are scarce, but sys. 
tematic effort will be made to round up the few 
<tesirable ones that remain outside the fold, and 
in a manner that will bring results. We have 
delivered the goods and the last argument of the 
poor old non has been swept away. Laying senti- 
ment aside, he is due to recognize the O. R. T. 
as a good business proposition. Div. Cor. 

IVorctsttT Divition Notet — 

Bros. Wood and Griflin, of "VY" tower, have 
returned from a fishing trip down in Maine. The 
present agitation regarding nature stories make it 
inadvisable to give details as to number and size 
of the catch. Bros. Haley and Rose did the honors 
at "VY" during their absence. Co«. 

A testimonial and banquet was tendered the 
local chairman of the Taunton Division of the 
New Haven road, Bro. L. J. Ross, at the Wilbur 
House in Fall River, Mass., on Wednesday even- 
ing, June I9tfa. 

The affair was planned and given under the 
direction of Bro. Fred I. Walker, of Fall River, 
representing a large delegation of prominent rail- 
road telegraphers from the Taunton Division. At 
the appointed time the boys marched into the din- 
ing room to the strains of "they may get over it, 
but they'll never look the same" by the bouse 
orchestra, with gum shoe accompaniment The 
chef at the Wilbur was onto his job and knew what 
he would be up against with a crowd of hungry 
telegraphers to feed and it goes without saying 
that he delivered the goods. 

The tables were bountifully piled with good 
things in the culinary line, and after the boys bad 
squared away for action it looked as if a cyclone 
had swept through the place. Everything on the 
bill of fare bore the union label, with the excep- 
tion of the hen's eggs, which were band-made 
and later stamped solid O. R. T. by that bulwark 
of tmionism, Bro. John Trainor, one of the early 
me m ber s of Providence Div. 35. 

Bro. Trainor acted as toastmaster and filled this 
trying role to the entire satisfaction of all. His 
toast, although given without preparation, dwelt 
upon the success and the healthy condition of the 
Order in general, and to the noble efforts of the 
General Committee workers, especially compliment- 
ing Bro. Ross for his efforts in behalf of the 
Taunton Division telegraphers while in the 
trenches at Xcw Haven. 

Bro. Ross resiK>ndrd in his usual entertaining 
manner with the thanks of the General Committee 
and the local board. 

The following was the bill of fare: 

Soup Le Buillion (a la Railroada). 

Fried Scup, 10 per cent sauce. 

Sirloin Steak, O. R. T. trimmings. 

Irish Cherries. Lettuce. Green Pickles. 

French Fried Irish Potatoes. Friscaaseed Non. 

Cucumbers. Tomatoes. 

Strawberry Shortcake. 

Ice Cream. Mellen's Food. 

Eight-hour Pudding. 

Springwater Punch. Carnival Bootjack 

Blue Label Cigars. 

Among the men behind were J. £. Crowell, a 

worthy brother from North Dighton, who had to 

leave in time to put the mail on the last train. 

Bro. Crowell told some very interesting old-time 

railroad yarns. Russell Thuriott, the ham killer 

from dispatcher's office, Taunton. Bros. White 

and Walker, from Dighton, where the strawberries 

are produced, were on hand in their glad rags. 

Bro. Hathaway came down from Somerset Junc- 
tion and was a conspicuous figure in the festivities. 
Bro. Beaton, of the Central St. tower, put away 
his golf clubs early in the afternoon and was one 
of the first to show up at the Wilbur House. 

Last, but not least, was Bro. John Trainor, "the 
man who dares," wearing the smile that won't 
come off and with glad hand for everybody. 

Cut. 131, Div. 35. 

Pittsburg Division, No. 52. 

First . meeting in June found twenty-six mem- 
bers present. Four petitions for membership were 
acted on, one from the Allegheny Division P. R. 
R., two from the P. & L. E. and one from a mem- 
ber not employed on any railroad. Bills amount- 
ing to $20.50 and a sick claim for $4.00 were or- 
dered paid. 

Second meeting in June found a large number 
of members present. President Perham presiding. 
All officers present. Sick claim amounting to $S5 
ordered paid. Fourteen petitions for membership 
were acted on, seven from the Pittsburg Division, 
four from the Allegheny Division and three from 
the Monongahela Division of the P. R. R. 

President Perham made an address, but on ac- 
count of preparations having been made for a 
euchre and a lunch he cut short bis remarks, 
giving a brief talk on general conditions, past and 
future. He also stated that he would pay us an- 
other visit at a not far distant date, when we did 
not have an entertainment on hand. 

Meeting closed at 9 o'clock p. m.; number pres- 
ent about fifty. The remainder of the evening 
until 11:30 was taken up with the euchre. If you 
were not present it is your own fault and you will 
never know what you missed. I will not make you 
feel badly by telling you all about it. Everyone 
had an enjoyable time, plenty of refreshments for 
all and some left over. Remember, this is only 
the first one of the series. More to follow. I be- 
lieve every one who was present will concede the 
fact that Sister Duncan and Bro. Koop can beat 
them playing euchre, at least they were awarded 
the lady's and gentleman's prices. 

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I take this opportunity to thank the ladies who 
contributed cakes and their time and labor toward 
making the affair a success. 

Sister Collins deserves to b« complimented on 
the manner in which the conducted everything 
while preparing and serving the refreshments. 
She was the right one in the right place. 

Bro. Steinmeyer played ice man and insinuated 
that he did not like the job, because he had to 
carry too pounds of ice for a lialf dozen blocks, 
Ihen up two flights of stairs. 

Bros. Dalrymple, Campbell and Thompson, on 
the 1". & L. E., have not written up the notes 
of their respective divisions during the past few 
months for publication in The Telbgrapiieb. 
They should get busy. 

At the rate the petitions are pouring in, it will 
only be a matter of a short time until all divis- 
ions of railroad in the jurisdiction of Div. 53 
arc solid. Individual effort is the key note of 
success along those lines. Kling. 

Boston Division, No. 41. 

To the Members of Southern Division B. & M. 

R. R.— 

At the last meeting of Boston Div. No. 41, June 
8th, after some very touching remarks by Bro. 
Morgan, Bro. Cole, in behalf of the members on 
the Southern Division, presented me with a purse 
of gold, contributed by Southern Division boys. 

The kindly act was so unexpected that my feel- 
ings simply got the better of me and I found it 
hard work to say a simple "Thank you." 

The gift in itself was very valuable, but far 
dearer to me was the kindly words spoken by Bro. 
Morgan and the many letters handed me with a 
paper expressing the good wishes of the writers 
and approval of my efforts to serve you as local 

The duties of local chairman have always been a 
pleasure to me, as the division oflkiats and brothers 
have all shown a spirit to be absolutely just and 

I sincerely hope that when my term of service 
expires I shall be able to carry with roe the same 
feeling as now shown. 

Thanking you once more for your kindly ex- 
pressions and gift. 

Fraternally yours, 

W. R. Meikle, 
Local Chairman. 

New Yoric Division, No. 44. 

Regular meeting, June 8th, was called to order 
by our worthy chief. All officers present with the 
exception of Bro. Surme, who is still on the sick 
list, but improving rapidly. Meeting was well at- 
tended. Regular order of business dispensed with. 
Our delegates rendered a report of the convention, 
after which Second Vice-President Bro. T. M. 
Pearson, gave us a very interesting talk. The 
members are always glad to see Tom. 

The new tower at Valley Stream has been placed 
on an hour basis. Bro. Groves is happy. 

The summer table took effect June 20th. It 
keeps the boys on the jump. 

The new interlocking switch plant at Far Rock- 
away was put in service June 19th. Lots of physi; 
cal culture at this place. 

A communication from Bro. Willister, down on 
the Isthmus, says he never felt better. Lots of 
work to keep him out of mischief, and the gold 
rolls in by the bag full. He sends best wishes to 
all the members of No. 44. 

Bro. Conklin. of Deer Park, who left the service 
some time ago, has accepted the position of relief 
agent and strange to say is again working his old 
job, the station being closed for about a week, 
as no' one seemed to want it. As relief agent Bro. 
Conklin may have to travel some, but the chances 
are he will he left in his home town for some time 
to come. 

Owing to the very severe illness of the agent. 
Miss Sadie Randall, of Shoreham, formerly War- 
dencliffe, the station has been closed for two weeks 
or more. This sems to be another job that no one 
wants. Guess the wages are a little too high. 
Anyway Edwards says the town is a God-forsaken 
place to live in. He did not say there long. 

Understand our worthy chief, Bro. Van Nos- 
trand, goes to Manhattan Beach for the summer. 
By the way Bro. Van, who bad the misfortune to 
break his knee cap some time ago, is getting along 
very nicely. He has discarded the crutches and 
can get around fairly well with a cane. 

All members are urged to attend the next regu- 
lar meeting. Matters of importance will come up 
at this meeting and it's up to those interested to be 
present and take care of their own business or 
forever hold their peace if things do not go just 
as they would like to have them. Cok. 

Campbeliton Division, No. 61. 

O. R. T. meeting was held in the Adams' House, 
Chatham, and we are surprised that the attendance 
was not greater, especially when we want to keep 
up the light for the $75 minimum. There are 
twenty or twenty-five members on our division 
who are regular attendants, but we have a certain 
number, especially those who have been the most 
benefited by the organization, those who have more 
than doubled their pay within the past seven or 
eight years, not entirely by their personal merits, 
but by the rules of our O. R. T. schedule, who 
never attend O. R. T. metings. In conversation 
with them in private they have all to say abusing 
certain members of the Order. These same men 
who were drawing the big salary of 99 cents per 
night, walking a mile or two morning and evening 
to look after semaphores and switches, having to 
hang around the offices all Sundays for nothing, 
are now making from $50 to $120 per month. Do 
you see them at O. R. T. meetings? Very few 
of them attend. 

I will ask these individuals where they would 
be without the assistance of the O. R. T. on the 
I. C. R.? Besides not attending meetings some 
of these high-salaried men are behind in their 

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Bro. D. Campbell is expected with the General 
Committee last week of June to work on our new 
schedule. It ia up to the members to show a good 
front by paying up to date and securing the few 
noDS we have and try and attend the July meeting. 
Our new schedule will be before the management 
by that time and there should be something inter- 
esting in stock for all telegraphers. 

Some of the telegraphers should be around when 
our fellow workers, the B. of R. T., meets and 
watch how well they attend meetings. Why teleg- 
raphers do not attend like the trainmen? 


Chicago Division, No. 91. 

Our meeting of May 28th, the first in our new 
ball, was very poorly attended. The Commercial 
telegraphers were having a gala day and night at 
the Chutes and the majority of our own members 
could not resist the temptation to go and enjoy 
themselves. In fact, the secretary himself went 
out after adjournment just in time to have the 
gate shut in his face and told his pass was no 
good any more. It is estimated there were five 
thousand union operators and their friends at- 
tended the Chutes on that night, so you can see 
unionism is not quite dead in Chicago. 

Now 1 wish that our brothers not only in Chi- 
cago, but out in the country, would try and run 
up to our meetings, which are now held the fourth 
Tuesday of every month in Liberty Hall, Frater- 
nity Building, 70 East Adams street, near Slate 

I am glad to be able to report that at this early 
date (June 15th) the members of Div. 91 are pay- 
ing dues very rapidly for the term ending Decem- 
ber 31, 1907. You will all find that it is easier 
to pay before or when it is due, than to allow 
yourself to get in arrears. 

It is with great regret that I have to announce 
the death of Alfred E. LaToumeaux, a member 
of the C. T. U. A., in Chicago, who was drowned 
June 12th while fishing. While he did not hold 
an O. R. T. card, he was a strong worker for both 
organizations, and considered that the only salva- 
tion of the telegrapher lay in uniting. He was 
one of the first wire chiefs in Chicago to wear the 
button while on duty. 

I am informed by one of our Western Union 
members that Mr. P. E. Honesley, who worked on 
the Katy during our troubles with them, is now 
working for the Western Union on the Board of 
Trade in Chicago. I think our Commercial friends 
can take care of him. 

Bro. Downie had the misfortime to lose his card 
case, containing all bis O. R. T. and C. T. U. A. 
cards. If any of our members get trace of same, 
kindly advise the secretary. 

It is interesting to note, in going over the mem. 
bership of 91, bow many of our members have 
bettered themselves by leaving the telegraph serv- 
ice; also how many arc working in the commercial 
service, with no benefit accruing from the O. R. 
T., yet they are the first ones to pay up their 
dues and always want to hold an up-to-date card- 

Now, brothers on the railroad, don't you think we 
should emulate them? It is only needless work 
on the overworked secretary to cause him to write 
you when you get in arrears, 

Bro. Perham sent all our members a circular 
letter recently in regard to teaching students. It 
would be well if all our members were to give 
this their undivided attention. Not only do not 
teach them yourself, but insist on your neighbors 
doing likewise. While I am willing to admit that 
1 was a student at one time myself, I am also 
sorry to say that I think I could have bettered 
myself if I had been taught some other trade not 
requiring as much brains as telegraphy. It seems 
the more brains you use in' this business the less 
you are paid. There is no sense in cutting down 
our own salary in order to give some other man 
or boy a chance to get into an already over- 
crowded profession. In fact, if the matter were 
fully explained to the prospective student I do not 
think you could induce him to enter the ranks of 

Now, brothers, this is very dry reading, but as it 
is impossible to get any assistance from our 
brothers located elsewhere, it is the best I can do. 

I have received several letters from our Monon 
members "rapping" me for a circular letter sent 
them. Brothers, if a letter is sent you in common 
with other members and it docs not fit your case, 
pay no attention to it. However, I am sorry to say 
that the circular applied to nearly every member 
on the Monon. There are about five members on 
the Monon who seem willing to get out and hustle 
for applications of nons; the others are content 
to see them go by without detaining them. Now 
if the train service is all right on the Monon. 
why can't we fix up some Sunday to have an out- 
ing at Cedar Lake, in order to give our members 
a cliance to do a little fishing and get acquainted 
with one another. I should like to have those 
who could arrange to attend such an outing drop 
the secretary a line (without a hook, however) 
and be will arrange to call a special meeting to 
be held" at Cedar Lake some nice, warm Sunday. 
We can count on about fifteen or twenty from 
Chicago ii enough from the line will guarantee to 

Don't forget the dues or the fishing trip. 

Geo. H. O'BaiEN, Secretary. 

Aibany Division, No. 78. 

R. Sr S. Division — 

There were seventeen members initiated at the 
meeting June 15th, which speaks well for Bro. 
Nelligan, organizer. These new brothers will find 
they have taken a step in^he right direction and 
that there are many benefits to be derived from 
holding membership in the O. R. T. 

We extend to all a hearty welcome and trust 
they will endeavor to get other non-members into 
the Order, thereby placing this road nearer the 
100 per cent mark and making things better for us 

By the time this appears in print the committee 
will probably be before the management negotiat- 

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ing for a revision of the schedule and should se- 
cure a general increase, as the cost of living has 
increased materially with no corresponding increase 
in salaries. Let us hope we will secure a good 
schedule and a substantial increase for all. 

I wish to thank Div. 78 for the trip to Minne- 
apolis and assure the members that the honor was 
appreciated. I did all possible for the good of 
Div. 78 and the Order in general. I trust I repre- 
sented our division to the satisfaction of all. 
Copies of the minutes of the convention doubtless 
have been received ere this, which each member 
should go over thoroughly, as it is an important 
and interesting report. 

Let us get busy and land all the nons on the 
road. Fill your information blanks out properly 
and return them to the local chairman of your 

A Mr. O. H. Ramsdcll is working in "RS," 
Glens Falls freight office, during the absence of 
Mr. Parker. By the way, did anyone see this job 
up for bid after Mr. Waldron, who accepted a 
station on the A. D. K. R. R., left. 

Night position at Fort Edward, "Z," again up 
for bid; notice dated June 6th. Mr. G. H. Rams- 
dell holding it down at present. "13" Mr. Rams- 
dell will be with us soon. 

Bro. Hughes, of "U," Liv Ave., Albany, spent 
Sunday, June 9th, at bis home in Fair Haven. 

Bro. Carry, of "J," Corinth, visited West Rut- 
land last week. 

Understand Bro. "JM" Sullivan, at "CK," 
Comstock, is going to have a helper on account 
of increased work, due to barge canal being con- 
structed through this territory. 

Expect our organizer, Bro. Nelligan, will reap a 
harvest on the Champ Division, as the boys are 
anxious to again enter the fold. 

What is the matter we can not have an open 
meeting at Whitehall this month? Let's Ulk it 
over and send Bro. Nichols your names, saying 
you will attend one and give the Champ Division 
brothers a show. 

"13" they are going to start a division at White- 
hall. Bro. Stevens, of "Z," also Bros. Wood, 
Longergan, Falvey and up that way are anxious 
to hold one there. This will give the brothers on 
the R. & W. and Champ Divisions a meeting. 


Portland Division, No. 95. 

Well, boys, you who were not present at the 
meeting June 20th, missed a good sight for sore 
eyes. We had 23 applications and on account of 
slight errors and omissions from three, we elected 
twenty members and mitiated two. At one pre- 
vious meeting we elected nine, but this last was 
a banner night. Most of the new members were 
from the P. & R. F. 

The General Committee were all present and took 
part in the meeting. All the officers were present, 
and that has been a rare occurrence in the past. 
Some of the boys made quite an effort to attend, 
and if more would only do the same (only one 
night a month) we would be surprised to see how 

the Order would take new life on the M. C. & 
B. & iu. 

I tell you, -uys, the meetings are the .iie of the 
organixation and we must show our appreciation 
of what we are getting by putting more life into 
the Order. It is through the ^roer that w« get 
these increases and overtime and what we get 
out will be in exact proportion to what we put in, 
so let us put more in. 

Sorry Bro. T. lu. Pearson, Second Vice-Presi- 
dent, could not — present that night, but was 
calleJ to New Jersey and couldn't be with us. 

J. E. Crepeau has resigned position as telegra- 
pher at Whitefield and left us. A. N. Gaudreau is 
at Sebago Lake. Bro. J. E. Winslow is at Glenn, 
N. H. 

Hope to land Smith, night man at Cumberland 
Mills Junction, soon. He has promise^, his papers. 

C. L. Perkins, from Monmouth, is doing a trick 
in Union Station, Portland. 

Get busy, boys, and get that non to stop run- 
ning a ham factory and join the O. R T. 

CsRT. 103. 

Eimlra Division, No. 100. 

Elmira Div. No. 100, held its first regular meet- 
ing at Red Men's Hall, Elmira, N. Y., Friday, 
June aist, with sixteen members present. 

Bro. Elliott presented the division with an ele- 
gant frame for our new charter, refasing reim- 
bursement from the treasury. He was given a 
vote of thanks. 

Bro. Quick handed around the smokes, having 
lately joined the ranks of the benedicts. He and 
his bride have the best wishes of Div. 100. 

Five new applications were read, and several 
more are in sight. 

Bro. Maynard, late of Stanley nights, has re- 
signed, and Bro. Davies is now filling that position. 

Understand Mr. Harris, of Canandaigua tower 
nighu, is now entiled to the grand sign. The 
boys are glad to welcome him. 

Bro. Dunning was in attendance and furnished 
some startling information regarding the school at 
Cogan Valley. 

Understand there is also a factory at a tower on 
the north end, and unless the class there is dis- 
banded names will be mentioned. If this student 
teaching is persisted in steps will be taken that 
may prove unpleasant to the guilty ones. 

Bro. Weeks, of "BX," Newark, favored us with 
his company, making train 9 by a margin of ao 
seconds. Had be slipped Newark block would 
have had to be extended. 

Mr. Kinney, agent at Millport, continues obstin- 
ate about sending his papers and will have to be 
interviewed by our organizer. 

Mr. E. J. Bales, nights at Pine Valley, will be 
with us just as soon as his service will permit. 

Mr. C. B. Johnson, nights at Benton Siding, will 
also make good as soon as he can. All these new 
men have the right idea and will be given every 
opportunity to do the right thing. 

Bro. Harry Gibbs, late relief agent, has resigned 
and taken to the country. Couldn't resist the 
"Call of the Wild. 

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B^ Dan Utz, of "QC" Elmira, U away on a 
vacation, doing Jamestown Exposition, we under- 
stand. Mr. Judd works third trick in "QC" dur- 
ing Bro. Utz' absence. 

Won't Bro. Elliott please convince Mr. Judd that 
he needs the O. R. T. in his business? We can 
use Mr. Juad's application at our next meeting. 

Test trains are being run over the pike, and 
juaging from the language indulged in by the 
crews, they are testing the vocabulary of the train- 
men to the limit. 

The $75 minimum looks good, and the members 
of Div. too may be depended upon to do all in 
tbcir power to secure it 

Being my first attempt at a write-up this is very 
crude. If the brothers will send me anything of 
interest to tlie Order I will try to get in some- 
thing more interesting next month. Thanks in 

The station at Bellona is without a student for 
the first time in many moons. This is encouraging, 
and we should try to induce Mr. Bristol, agent, 
to join us. Several of the boys have been after 
turn, bat be says be will not be in the service 
long enough to make it an object. 

Mr. Baker now at Hall nights. Here is a chance 
to do some missionary work. Get his application, 
if you have to get it with a club. 

Two nons at Ennerdale, but understand one of 
them is coming to us in a month or so. 

We shall all be much pleased to call Miss Kin- 
ney, at Millport, sister if she can be brought to 
see the light She being the only lady telegrapher 
on tde division will make her doubly welcome. 

Div. CoR. 

Minneapolis, St. Paul A Sault 8te. Marie 

Winnipeg Division — 

Our committee at last succeeded in arranging 
a date with the management and were in session 
about three weeks, and came back with our flag 
flying higher. This is due to three things: the 
fact that our management is willing to reward 
us for our good service, that we bad a very able 
committee, and last, but not least, to the fact 
that we are all pulling together for the up- 
building of the profession. 

As we have not yet received a copy of the 
revised schedule we can not comment on it, but 
we understand no comment is necessary. All we 
need do is compliment ourselves, thank the com- 
mittee by a letter and thank the management by 
giving them the best possible service. 

While in session our committee took up the 
question of raising the dues from eigii: to ten 
dollars per year, and put it to a vote, the result 
was as follows: In favor of raising the dues, 103; 
against raising the dues, 18, making a total of lai 
votes cast; therefore, the dues on the Soo Line 
Division No. 119 have been raised to $5 per term, 
commencing July ist, 1907. If any of you have 
not yet sent in your dues for the new term be 
sure and do so at once, sending $5, and if you 
have sent in the old amount be sure and remit 

the additional dollar at once. No one should 
feel hurt regarding this raise, for there are a 
very few divisions with a less amount, and as it 
is all in the local treasury it will better our 
cause and give us something to work on should 
occasion make it necessary. This raise was not 
necessary account the expenses of the committee, 
but rather to safeguard our interests. Our com- 
mittee actually had less expense than any other 
we know of, which goes to show that they were 
working for our interests in every way. 

A great many changes have taken place since 
last write-up, and the boys are not keeping the 
Secretary posted as to change of address. Please 
do not forget this when you move around, for it 
is very necessary your address should be on file 
with the Secretary, and you are yourself to blame 
if you do not get notice of business from him 
unless you give him your address. You should 
also advise Bro. Quick. 

Bro. E. A. Underbill, day telegrapher at Overly, 
relieved Bro. Hutchinson at Bisbee for a few days, 
then went to Mahnomen and relieved Bro. Boyse. 
We understand Bro. Underbill has since left the 
service. We will miss Bro. Underbill, as he was 
both a good brother and a good telegrapher. 

Bro. Wilson is back at Mahnomen after having 
been on relief duty for some time. 

Bro. York, of Ardoch, has been off for a few 
days, but has failed to say anything regarding 
his trip or who relieved him, hence he is receiv- 
ing one debit mark in this office. 

Bro. Lewis, our excellent General Chairman, 
is vistiting in the South for a short time before 
resuming his duties at Orleans. 

After a little reminder Bro. Rice, at Forest 
River, drops a note to say that it happened May 
26th in the Methodist Church at Forest River, 
and the lady's name was Miss Florence Ferguson. 
Congratulations, old man, and we trust some of 
the others will follow your good example. 

Bro. Taggart, of Plummer, returned from West 
Point, Miss., where he went for his health. We 
are glad to have him back in his old-time form, 
but regret to hear that he has made up his 
mind to leave the Soo. 

Bro. Field, of Newfolden, and Bro. Heimecke, 
of Richville, changed positions, Bro. Crandell 
holding Richville white the transfer was being 
made. Bro. Crandell then went to Bisbee. 

We also debit Bro. Haulette, of Standquist, 
who got married and did not inform us. 

Bro. Danielson, of Oslo, is away on a vaca- 
tion, being relieved by Bro. Abbott. 

Bro. Leach found it necessary to make a trip 
to the Twin Cities, but there was no relief so 
permission was given him to lock up on Saturday 
night and make the trip, returning Monday. 

Agent Bills, of Radium, has left the service 
and one of Chaffee's graduates is now filling the 

Bro. Johnson, of Henning, visited at the con- 
vention in Minneapolis. 

Bro. Dalton and Bro. Paine helt>ed with the 
news this month, for which please accept thanks. 

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Will some one on the first please jar loose and 
send a few notes. 

We expect to have a meeting in the near future, 
and want you all to make arrangements to be in 

Keep the General Secretary, advised of any 
change in your address. 

P. S. — Eighteen new members since last issue. 
That's going some; have you done your share? 

Div. Co». 

Operator Lyons, the old-timer at Shorebam, is 
working for the G. N. or N. P. at St. Paul. 

Now, brothers, if I've missed any one or called 
some brothers that are not, call my attention to 
it and will remedy it. Cert. 1080. 

H'. & P. Division, West of Rhinclander — 

I presume by the time you read these items 
you will all have a new schedule in your "inside 
pocket." It is not to be supposed that every one 
will be satisfied, but it's quite a bit ahead of the 
old one, and we can't get all we desire at once. 
So let us all unite in thanking our worthy com- 
mittee for what they have done for us. 

Understand Chairman Lewis is to take a trip 
over the line shortly, and when he shows up 
give him the glad hand. Don't look at him as 
though he was a "scab" looking for a hand-out, 
and if any of you hold cards in other divisions 
hand them to him so he can transfer you. Every 
little bit helps and we need them all. 

Have you had instructions as to handling your 
time slips? When you work overtime now you 
should call the dispatcher's attention to how much 
and he O. K's. the slips with his initials. This 
saves a lot of unnecessary correspondence, and I 
think it a good plan. Now, let's see what the line 
looks like. 

At Rhinelander we have a change: I'lannigan 
gone and Rose taking his place. "The new man 
is doing it right." Unable to say whether he's 
got an "up-to-date" or not. 

Bro. Kendrctch, at Kennan, has adapted himself 
lo his own cooking. Mrs. K. 'on a short visit to 

Understand Bro. Kelly, at Weyerhauscr, has 
resigned and is going west July 1st. Wish him 
a pleasant journey and success in his new field. 

Bro. Kabliska took a vacation for few weeks, 
Mr. White relieving him. Understand White has 
left the road. 

Bro. Edwards, at Barron, went to Dresser Jet. 
for a day or two to relieve Bro. Deul, who was 
taken suddenly sick. At this writing he is much 

Understand Bro. Sbelver, at Almcna, has been 
having quite a siege of sickness in his family, 
but at this writing they seem lo be on the mend. 
He has the sympathy of us all. 

Bro. Stevens, at Dresser Jet., relieving Bro. 

Telegrapher Glendenning, at Osceola nights, re- 
lieving Stewart. 

Telegrapher Bennett, at Marine nights, relieving 

At Cardigan Jet. we have a new night man, 
Mathews, an old-timer. Understand he has an 
up-to-date card but not in Division 119. 

Bulwer Jet., a new night man, Isaacson, from 
L., S. & M. S., I "13." Can't say if he's up- 
to-date or not. 

Merkicourt, N. D., June 13, 1907. 
Brothers of Soo Line, Division No. 119: 

Please accept, through the columns of The 
TELEGRArHER, my sincere thanks for the help I 
am receiving from you while I am in distress. 
"A friend in need is a friend indeed." 
Yours fraternally, 

O. F. Freid, 
Cert, la, Div. 119. 

Grand Trunk Railway. 

Without any intention of occupying the space 
of more eloquent writers for our journal, but 
feeling it my duty to make an attempt to offer 
a few words to enlighten our brothers as to what 
we are doing in Division No. i, I send in these 

We have been having success for the past few 
weeks. There has been several new members 
added to our list and a goodly number have prom- 
ised to come in with us this coming pay-day. 

We must remember our new schedule is coming 
into effect, and it is for our benefit to do all 
in our power to get every non possible into line 
with an up-to-date card, so that we may aroeliorize 
our present wage conditions and secure seniority 
rights. If we wilt get busy and do our part in 
converting the non-unionists there will evidently be 
less trouble in effecting a settlement with the 

Bro. J. W. Gubbins is taking a week's vacation, 
and is being relieved by Bro. F. P. SctUly. 

Bro. Joe Dumont is one a two weeks' vacation, 
and is being relieved by Bro. Brown. 

I can not say much about our new schedule as 
yet, as I have not heard anything definite. It 
is up to us to back our committee, for we can well 
understand that the committee can not go before 
the management and demand this schedule unless 
we make a special effort to support them. We 
have the best chairman (Mr. V. J. Lanphear) 
that could possibly be secured to act for any 
Order, and we should show him that we appreciate 
what he is doing for our benefit, and not only 
us but our loved ones, who are depending upon 
us for support. Cert. 538. . . 

Oregon Short Line. 

I wonder if a few notes from the "O. S. L." 
would be out of order? Judging from our silence 
in the past one would be led to believe that we 
were "dead ones," but I am pleased to say such 
is not the case, as this system is fairly well lined 
up, although we are a minus, a division being 
attached to 53 S. P. 

I can not understand why the members on this 
line do not get busy and send an energetic man 
over the entire system, making a door-to-door 

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canvas; in this manner we can deal a death-blow 
to the non and at the same time wake up our 

Bro. Foster, one of our hustling members, was 
unjustly discharged from "CA," Pocatello relay 
office, last February for being active in trying to 
schedule the system. Later he was appointed 
organizer and made a trip over our line meeting 
with fair soceeas. I understand he' resigned the 
position and went to work for the S. P. Since 
his departure there has been "nothing doing." 

Now, brothers, let us get together and arrange 
for a schedule similar to one now in effect on. 
S. P. We are entitled to the same rate of pay 
and working conditions, and- it is up to us to 
demand it. We should either send one of our 
members over the line or request President Per- 
ham to send an organizer. Now is the time for 
action, as there is a wave of prosperity sweeping 
over the country and a scarcity of competent 
telegraphers on alt lines. We have a fine set of 
officials here, and there is no question but that 
a committee from our ranks would receive fair 

Being a new-comer, am unable to give the line-up 
at this writing, but shall endeavor to have it 
for the next issue of our journal. Now, brothers, 
to arms and let our slogan be "A schedule or 

With best 73*s to all. Paor. Mct'Asii. 

Idaho Dniuion, Third DUtrict — 

Suppose that I should take a snooze. 
And account of that my job should lose; 
You think that I would sit and pout 
Because the "Short Line" let me out? 
Not on your life; I'd go and stay 
Where eight short hours compose a day. 
. —IV. L. BMn. 

Mr. L. E. Halbert, "Ex." agent at "S," is now 
extra dispatcher at "H" office. He has been try- 
ing bis hand at first trick; he seems to be making 
good as trains move lively under his jurisdiction. 

Bro. C. A. Brown, former agent at Alexander, 
is visiting home folks at Shoshone. We hope he 
has a good time while free from the cares that 
are attached to agent's job. 

As sheep-shipping season is on, the boys that 
are doing the "owl" act have lo keep out of the 
hay nights. 

Genera] manager's special passed over the line 
short time ago. 

By the time this goes to press Bro. W. L. 
Bivin, the Bliss "owl," will be in parts unknown 
at present. Sorry to lose him, but he says "it's 
high time be was traveling." 

Mr. Vannetta will "sport" that new card soon; 
his application papers are in Bro. Quick's office 
at present date. Thanki to the brother that 
showed Mr. Vannetta the straight and narrow 

Bro. W. L. Moffett, days Bliss, expects E. F. 
L.eDoax, from Arkansas, soon to work nights 
for him. Guess he will like it better to have a 

brother from his native State to share his labors 
at "IS" with. 

What is the company going to do when the new 
law goes into effect? They can't get men enough 
now to supply their wants, and when the eight- 
hour law becomes effective it will require six 
new opcraton on this district between "CA" and 
"GF." If the company would only pay living 
wages good men would not be so scarce. 

The scribe met a nice young gentleman the other 
day out on a ranch who hasn't railroaded for 
ten years, but he still holds an "up-to-date" card. 
This young man stated he would readily go back 
to railroad work if he could make as much as a 
farmer, but at the present scale of wages he can't 
do it so be prefers the farm. 

Let's alt get together and se what we can do 
toward getting that better scale of wages. I 
think we ought to rush things before the eight- 
hour law goes in effect. "A. Boouer." 

First District — 

Things are going on in the same old way on 
the O. S. L. What is the matter with us? Did 
you notice bow the miners at Cumberland, Frontier 
and Diamondville organized and got a schedule, 
all in a few days' time? The men at Cumberland 
and Diamondville getting their schedule without 
any trouble, and how the Kemmerer Coal Co., 
at Frontier, refused to have anything to do with 
the U. M. W. of A. at first, and how within twelve 
hours they, the Kemmerer Coal Co., came to 
Kemmerer looking for the U. M. W. of A. 
organizer to sign his schedule? Did you hear of 
this? And yet we sit back and let the officials 
of the O. S. L. bluff us out. When the miners 
started hardly one of them belonged to the union, 
and here are we, the railroad telegraphers, nearly 
every one of us with an up-to-date card, and yet 
we are afraid to ask for our rights. Are we 
going to let the miners get ahead of us so easily? 
Haven't we any more life in us than this? How 
long do you suppose it would take us to get a 
schedule if we would get together and appoint a 
committee to go before the officials? Couldn't we 
do as well as the miners? If we couldn't we 
better quit. What we want is some of the old 
beads, that is, men who have been on the road 
some length of time, and who the officials would 
pay some attention to for committeemen. Why 
won't you do this? Are you all married to your 
jobs? The officials on this road have been run 
ning a great bluff on us, and as long as they can 
they will continue to do so. As soon as anyone 
tries to organize the road they are fired bodily. 
Do you think for a minute tHat this could be done 
if we would all get together and claim our rights? 
Of course not. The trouble has been that when 
a telegrapher has been discharged for trying to 
organize the road, instead of the rest of the boys 
taking it up and compelling their reinstatement 
they have shut up like clams and there is not 
another word said about organization until some 
brother gets life enough in him to start organiz- 
ing again. If we would all hang together as we 
should things would not end in the way they have 

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been doing heretofore. We are the only ones on 
the O. S. L. that haven't a schedule, and I should 
think that we should be ashamed of ourselves to 
let everyone else get ahead of us in this way. We 
are not all dead, are we? If not, get busy and 
let us hear what some of the rest of you have to 
say. Floyd. 

C, St. P., M. & O. Ry. 

Wiscotuin Division, Northtrn District — 

Nearly every month the correspondent has urged 
you to send items to your local or assistant chair- 
men, and still there are some who are in doutb 
as to whom the items should be sent. Get in 
touch, gentlemen. 

A ntmiber of our most important night offices 
have been temporarily closed owing to illness of 
our telegraphers and inability of our officials to 
fill the vacancies for lack of men who are willing 
to work at the present scale of wages. 

E. W. Quinn, Rockmont, on sick list the first 
of the month. Office closed during his absence. 

Bro. Nicols Clear Lake nights, left for Rochester, 
Minn., to undergo an operation. Office closed, no 
one available. 

Lampson opened days and Lakeside closed; Bro. 
J. E. Nordholm, from Lampson to Lakeside. 

The Eau Claire dispatching force have had their 
salaries raised recently; regular men now receive 
$135.00 and extra men $125.00. 

Dispatchers Livesey and Appelman returned from 
their vacations early in June. Bro. Swanson and 
G. N. Tower did the relief work during absence 
of regular men. 

Len Prentice, who has, for a number of years, 
been cashier at Stillwater, is now agent at Rice 

Bro. Tom Bergh, Duluth freight, is off at the 
present writing; some one who signs "JO" re- 

Bro. M. E. Carey, South Range, has gone to 
Wascott nights. 

O. E. Bradley and A. B. Clock are working the 
combination at South Range. Their names do not 
appear on the roll of honor. 

Telegraphers who are moving from one place 
to another seem to be rather lax as to having 
their mail forwarded to them. Seveeral inquiries 
have been received lately as to the whereabouts 
of certain men whose mail is being returned to 
the head offices. 

Have you all received a copy of the little book 
containing the names of all telegraphers on the 
Wisconsin Division? One has been mailed to each 
member at his last known address, and if you 
have not received yours, drop a line to the teleg- 
rapher who holds your old position and ask him 
to forward your mail to you. If you do not 
receive the book write your Local Chairman for 
a copy. 

To the non list add the names G. Tower, F. 
A. Brown, H. W. Pace and R. F. North; add 
L. McFarlane to the roll of honor, last on seniority 
list; the latter has made application; now working 
nights at Ashland Jet; also add R. E. Heinz, 
seniority No. 57. 

Business pretty fair, considering the time of 
year, strawberries going north every day. 

C. G. Dopkins, new night man at Cable. 

J. W. Luckey, St. Paul, to relieve the stringency 
is filling in as day telegrapher at New Richmond; 
Bro, Apelquist, who is off on sick leave, has been 
assigned this position, 

J. S. Johnson has been billed for the job at 

The bulletin has become somewhat of a farce 
lately owing to the extreme scarcity of available 
men required, to make the moves. The St. Pout 
Dispatch says that more than 5,000 telegraphers 
are needed in the West and Southwest at the 
present time; that by January ist 10,000 would 
be required and the new Federal taw will necessi- 
tate double that number. There is nothing puz- 
zling about the situation at all; it is all a ques* 
tion of salaries; give us a $75.00 minimum and 
double time for Sunday work and any number of 
telegraphers, now in other positions, can be had. 

The meeting held at Eau Claire on May 27th 
was not as well attended as we had hoped, but 
each absentee misses some valuable information 
which he should possess. Many more might have 
been on hand had they been a little more ag- 
gressive. Bro. E. J. Stanton, Rusk, is now the 
local custodian of funds; Bro. C. C. VanMeter, 
Hudson, was elected Division Correspondent for 
the Eastern District. 

This is the month (June) in which we should 
remit our five-dollar dues to Bro, L R, Kempkes, 
Nevada, la., and insurance assessments to Bro. 
L. W. Quick, St. Louis, Mo. If there are any 
who have failed to remit the $2.00 q)ecial assess- 
ment to Bro. Kempkes, do not delay longer. 

It is rumored that the Wisconsin Eight-Hour 
Bin has passed the Senate. If the report is true, 
another great victory has been won by and through 
efforu of the O. R. T. Assemblyman C. D. Thomp- 
son first introduced the bill at Madison, and was 
untiring in his efforts to secure its passage in 
the Assembly, which occurred some weeks ago 
by a unanimous vote. The bill has had a hard 
fight in the Senate, but Mr. Thompson has fol- 
lowed it closely and the telegraphers throughout 
the State have kept close tab on it. It will be 
well to keep in mind the names of the Senators 
who have fought against this bill with so much 
vigor and enmity. 

Bro. J. C. Apelquist, Comstock, is undtfgoing 
treatment in Duluth, but expects to be able to 
resume work about the 15th of July. 

There is little glory to your officers in upholding 
strict seniority of members who, through petty 
jealousy and spite, seek to displace competent men 
in positions where the former are tmable or un- 
willing to make good by faithful and accurate 
work. The young telegraphers of our day do not 
realize the amount of work and sacrifice which 
was necessary by older members to place the craft 
in its present position, and should go a little 
slow in their haughty demands. The Order is 
for all telegraphers and equal justice to all should 
be the aim. 

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Write the nons of your acquaintance and en- 
dearor to bring them into the fold. The Order 
which has secured more money and better con- 
ditions is for them as well as ourselves. 

If the Order should become completely disrupted 
on the Omaha and every other large road in the 
country, it is safe to S4y that nine-tenths of the 
present force of nons would be new organizers; 
difference in pay and conditions which would 
result would more forcibly bring to them a realiza- 
tion of what use the O. R. T. really is. 

New man at Solon Springs, Joe Posternock; has 
the papers and will make use of them. 

Agent Carter is reported seriously ill at Chip- 
pewa Falls. 

J. B. McElroy off on a vacation latter part of 
June and Bro. Mills was called from Comstock 
to fill in at Bayfield. 

G. L. Cnoy, from M. &. I. Division at Corn- 
stock, says he is supplied with necessary cre- 
dentials held by all up-to-date telegraphers. 

Understand Bro. Hanan, recently relieved at 
Turtle Lake by J. W. Quinn, is now at work 
on some line in Canada. 

Bro. Marquette, Shell Lake, has been appointed 
Assistant Local Chairman to fill vacancy occasioned 
by absence of Bro. Apelquist. 

It is possible that an election will soon be called 
to select a Local Chairman in place of Bro. 
Quinlan, who can not be relieved as readily to 
act on committee as when in the telegraph service. 

Div. Cor. 

Eastern District, WiscOHsin Division — 

Were it not for a few of the old heads your 
write-up would not take up much space this 

The time is again on hand when our semi- 
annual dues for the term June 30tb, 1907, to 
December 31, 1907, are payable, and every member 
should give this matter prompt attention. There 
are a few who have not paid the special assess- 
ment of $2.00, and this should be attended to 
at once. 

The little booklet showing the names of all 
members, non-members and their place on the 
seniority list, is now out and one should be 
in the hands of every member. Should any mem- 
ber not receive one, same can be had by writing 
to your Local Chairman. 

You will please note the names of the nons, 
get after them and bring them in. As soon as 
a non joins, his name will be published in the 
journal and every member should strike his name 
off of the list in the book and enter in the 
space provided for the same. 

Now, one and all, get after the nons, write them 
and don't stop writing and talking until they sign 

You have, without doubt, received President 
Perham's letter of June loth, and it is to be 
hoped yon all have given it careful consideration. 
Ctit out the student business wherever possible. 

Bra Liddane, after being off for several days 
after the dote of the convention, straightening 
out some matters along the line and adjusting 

grievances, returned to work June 5th. Bro. Hoff- 
man relieved him and is now relieving Bro. Essick 
at Spooner, while the latter is enjoying a fishing 

Bro. 'R. C Jones, of Division 23, is relieving 
Bro. Hoffman at "J" nights, Bro. Jones to be 
transferred to Division 76 immediately. 

Bro. Hawkins, formerly at Harvester Works, is 
now with the N. P. in Waahington. Sorry to 
see any brother leave us, but hope he has bettered 
his conditions. 

Bro. A. H. Fisher relieved Bro. Leiser a few 
days while Fritz was sick, caused by eating too 
much smoke. An oil-stove exploded and set the 
summer kitchen on fire and before Fritz was 
awake he had breathed a lot of smoke. He was 
off for six days. Bro. Fisher went to Elroy 

J. G. Bokeela, Jr., now at Hersey relieving 
Bro. Bailey, who is off account of his health. 
Understand Bro. J. G. Bokeela, Sr., is attending 
his chicken farm at Wilson. 

Bro. P. R. Anderson now has Knapp days reg- 
ular. Night man, Ritmeyer, has joined the Order 
and we can, with pleasure, write brother in front 
of his name. 

Bro. J. F. Voiek, formerly "NR" days, is now 
at Stillwater freight days. 

Bro. W. H. Beal has left the service and is 
with the G. N. at Bemidji, Minn. 

C. I. D. Elliott has gone to his old home in 
Canada for a two weeks' visit. Dispatcher H. E. 
Irarnb left last Sunday for an Eastern trip, ex- 
pecting to be gone about a month. Joe Prentice 
is handling the first trick during bis absence. 

The dispatchers have had their salaries raised 
to $135.00 for regular and $125.00 for extra 

Bro. Joe Kneer, at Truax nights, on sick list 
for few nights. 

Bro. E. H. Showalter, from Gordon, now work- 
ing at Altoona nights, and is putting it all down 
on a mill in good shape. 

Bro. Ray Just returned from a two weeks' 
vacation to his home. 

Bro. Goodwin leaves on his vacation shortly. 

Do not seem to be able to get any news from 
the East End. 

Business is pretty good for this time of year. 
Purchased three new Pacific type passenger en- 
gines, besides the six Atlantic type. The double 
track between "Q" and "MS" is nearing comple- 
tion; the depot and coal shed at Altoona being 
moved back to allow for the second track. 

Wedges Creek and Roxby (cable) pits have been 
opened for the summer. 

Add names of Bro. R. C. Jones and R. E. 
Heinz, seniority No. 57, to the list of members 
in your book. Scratch Heinz off list of nons. 

In conclusion, I humbly beg of the members on 
this Eastern District to send in any items of 
interest. Cekt. 1405. 

Minnesota and Iowa Divisions — 

Bro. Hanby, night telegrapher at Jordan, has 
resigned and is now located on a farm near Alma 

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Center, Wis. We understand he was married a 
short time ago and thinks perhaps a nice farm 
with a wife is a better life than slaving nights 
on a railroad. Bro. M. C. Anderson, of- Minne- 
apolis, relieves him. 

Bro. H. G. Stumm was absent from duty several 
days this month account of death in the family. 
He was rtlieved by Mr. J. E. Regan, the night 
man, who in turn was relieved by Mr. R. L. 
Kilburg, of Brewster. 

Bro. J. L. Farmer is now regularly installed 
as agent at Dundee. 

Bro. G. W. Orr has gone to Rbinelander, Wis., 
for a visit with relatives. He is relitved at 
Avoca by Bro. P. J. Ritchel. 

Agent Heleniack, of Pipestone, is enjoying a 
vacation; relieved by Bro. H. C. Reed. Bro. 
A. G. Lane is the temporary day telegrapher 

Bro. A. R. Tabbert is now located at I.ake 
Wilson pending assignment by bulletin We un- 
derstand Bro. Hosmer resigned and is now em- 
ployed on the Sou. Pac. 

Bro. W. H. Beyers, extra telegrapher on the 
division, has resigned and is now engaged In boost- 
ing the great American game — baseball. 

Bro. Geo. Cottingham is enjoying a visit at his 
old home back in Ohio. Bro. J. H. Gove enjoyed 
the sensation of being agent in a really good 
town, and we are pleased to learn he made good 
at it, too. He was relieved by Bro. J. F. Evans. 
Mr. C. F. I.«atherman relieved Bro. Beyers nights. 

Bro. A. C. Turnbull is now doing his stunts 
on top the "Dark Brown Reds," having enlisted 
in the freight service. Says he couldn't stand the 
confinement of office work. 

Bro. Pingel, of Bigelow, enjoyed a visit with 
his parents at Wilton, Wis., the past two weeks; 
relieved by Bro. Lane. 

Bro. G. A. Raines, of Sheldon, visited with his 
parents at Lake City, Minn., the first of the 

Bro. O. E. Becker went to Fulton the first of 
the month to act as agent while Bro. F. L. Colfix 
takes a much-needed rest 

Bro. E. C. Himley has returned from his sojourn 
in Wisconsin and is again at the old stand at 

Mr. R. A. Slaker is enjoying a vacation of a 
month in Northern Wisconsin; relieved by W. 
J. Ross, at St. James. 

Bro. B. J. Funk, night man at Mankato, is 
enjoying a vacation; relieved by Bro. Zimmerman, 
of Kasota. 

Dispatcher John Maloy spent two weeks the 
first of the month with parents and friends in 
Northern Minnesota. 

Dispatcher P. J. Dempsey is again at work, 
having spent two solid weeks at his old home 
at Savage, where he says he fished and proved 
the sterling qualities of "silver pine." 

Dispatcher T. Gillott and wife left the 22d for 
a trip to Portland, Ore., and other Western points. 

L. P. Stuart, of St. Peters nights, visited with 
his parents this month; relieved by C. F. Chellen. 

Walter Jones, who has just been promoted to 
position of telegrapher, is learning how to keep 
awake nights at Blakely. 

Bro. D. Fiock has at last secured hi* tcHtf 
and is visiting his old home in Southern Illinoit, 
Bro. Fiock has waited patiently for nearly a y<*r 
for this trip, and ii duly elated over it. Brt>. 
J. F. Evans relitvea him as day man at Mitcbtll. 

The teMM and neatett think w< have seen thU 
yekr cemH t« ut in the shape of a vest packet 
edition troia the >VlRoniln Divitlon teltinltphtrs. 
containing k list of all members and non-members. 
Each name Is preceded by a nimiber commencing 
with No. i; these numt>ers indicate the standing of 
th% men, as shown on the telegraphers' aeniority list. 
The Aon-members are shown in the back of the 
book, and wherever there is a non-member his 
name is omitted In the list of members, and a line 
left vacant When he becomes a member his 
name can be inserted In the list of members. It 
is nicely gotten up, and is handy to carry in the 
pocket; easy to refer to. 

Mr. P. E. Anderson hu uken up his aaaigned 
position nights at Blue Earth. Mr. Anderson 
promises to make good this month. 

Bro. C. P. Chellew, who has been doing the 
night stunt at Blue Earth, is at present relieving 
Mr. L. F. Stuart, nights at St. Peter. The latter 
is in Wisconsin spending his Vacation, and the 
increases secured by the 0. R. T. 

Mr. E. E. Douglass, agent at Blue Earth, is on 
a four weeks' sojourn to his old home in Illinois. 
Mr.. A. B. Grillith, ticket clerk, is acting as agent 
during Mr. Douglass' absence. 

Mr. Douglass has promised to join before the 
next General Committee goes in, and we know his 
word is good. 

Bro. and Mrs. W. M. Hale, of Windom, visited 
at Dodge Center the 17th and i8th inst., Bro. 
levering wearing the official cap while Bro. Hale 
was away. 

Bro. R. Burdick, of Madelia, was relieved the 
1 2th inst. by Bro. J. F. Jansen, who in turn was 
relieved by Bro. F. W. Larson, of the Great 
Northern. Bro. I^rson, it will be remembered, 
was formerly an Omaha boy, having worked in 
several different positions on this road prior to 
going to the Great Northern road. His parents 
live at Madelia; he was on his vacation at time 
he was pressed into service. His position on the 
G. N. is at Towner, N. Dak. 

Bro. A. L. Cook and family Sundayed with 
Local Chairman Tenney, at Lake Crystal, the i6th 
inst Bro. Cook is very much pleased with the 
beautiful city and its pleasant lakes. 

Let us bear in mind that our dues are now 
payable, and that the new up-to-dates are most 
beautiful. We should also bear in mind that the 
local assessment of fifty cents to our custodian, 
Bro. J. H. Atkinson, Truman, Minn., was due 
the isth of June. 

Mrs. D. Brennan, mother of Bro. Tenney, is 
visiting at Lake Crystal. 

Our old friend, N. S. Costello, chief freight 
clerk at Lake Crystal, was married to Miss 
McCarval, of Brewster, at the home of the bride's 

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parents the 4th inst. Their wedding tour con- 
sisted of a trip to the head of the Lakes and the 
Twin Cities, and will be at home at Lake Crystal 
after June istb. The best wishes of the teleg- 
raphers follow them. 

Bro. Klingelbofer, of Merriam, was absent from 
duty a few dajrs the forepart of the month, ac- 
count sickness in family; was relieved by Bro. 
Ritschel, of Pipestone. 

Bro. Sisterman, of Belle Plaine, was slightly 
under the weather for few days, and was relieved 
by Bro. F. E. Stolte. 

Bro. W. M. Hale transacted business in the 
Twin Cities the forepart of the month. 

Bro. Spencer, General Chairman of the Pere 
Marquette Lines, also a delegate to the Minne- 
apolis Convention, in company with his wife visited 
his sister at Lake Crystal for few days after the 
convention adjourned, returning to their home the 
Sth. They were very much pleased with our 
Minnesota climate and our Omaha road, and it is 
quite probable that Bro. Spencer will shortly re- 
turn to this road as one of us. 

Bro. J. J. Long relieved Bro. Tenney at Lake 
Crystal while Bro. Tenney attended the conven- 
tion; later relieved at Sioux Falls account of Mr. 
Roberts being ill. Mr. Roberts should try the 
O. R. T. remedies; we believe it would help him. 
Bro. also relieved a short time at Luveme 
while Bro. Pickett was visiting at Fairmount. 
See announcement in the "Personal Mention*' 

Bro. F. E. Stolte relieves at Seney, thus enabling 
Mr. W. C. Warner to take charge of his assign- 
ment at Henderson. 

Mr. W. H. I.eak, of Elmore, is away on a 
month's vacation; relieved by his clerk, Mr. 

Bro. W. C. Feyder took up his assignment duties 
at Winnebago the 6th inst, and Bro. J. L. Farmer 
takes his assignment at Dundee same date. 

Bro. C. B. Casperson is dishing up the right 
kind of stuff in his new position at Stone. 

Mr. Jamison is the new man nights at Bingham 

Bro. J. J. Long goes to Kasota nights; relieving 
Bro. Lehman; have not heard where Bro. Lehman 
goes to. 

Bro. Hartley relieved Bro. Fanner at Belle 

The applications of Hartley and Clements are 
the latest additions to our membership roll. 

Are ^u aware that the Omaha road stands 
faMlcr n a nn i mi today tlm any road in the North- 
west? I>o yim know tfaM we have a larger per- 
centage of the telegraphers and agents as mem- 
bers that any road in the Northwest? Do you take 
pride in these facts? And are you doing all that 
you can to further prefect a thorough organiza- 
tion on your division? If not, why not? A 
little more individual effort upon your part and 
we will have a 100 per cent membership. If you 
have a man in your territory drop him a nice 
letter; it wiU cpst you but a small effort, also 
advise t>ie I iwT. Chairman and he will write him, 

and by working this cross-fire you will show him 
why he should join. 

The following names have not been added to 
the membership roll as yet: G. W. Owens, S. B. 
Swiningson, E. E. Gresham, E. E. Douglass, H. 
D. Chenoweth, A Burdick, E. W. Seger, W. H. 
Leak, J. H. Meyers, G. S. Bell, Geo. Cassady, 
Robt. Jamison, L. F. Stuart, H. M. Helenack, 
Ray Slaker, F. E. Anderson, W. J. McGarry, W. 
C. Warner, and M. J. Roberts. Those who have 
now an up-to-date card of the latest issue are 
J. E. Smith, G. J. Clements, C. W. Hartley and 
W. D. Martin. There are several more that we 
can almost list as members, as we understand 
their papers are now being made out. 

There are a very few of the first mentioned 
list that are "hard shells," which have been on our 
non-list since the first list was published, and 
which will forever be there, as they can not 
afford to join the Order, its too expensive and is 
not beneficial enough to them; has never increased 
their salaries more than five dollars at any one 
time and that only once or twice. Of course, it 
would be unjust for us to even urge those to 
join. But those who are now enjoying the five 
dollar increases we desire to extend an invita- 
tion to come with us. 

We announced some time ago that we should 
not do any more writing for the journal, but it 
seems that it is up to either Bro. Tenney and 
myself to see that this division gets it allotted 
write-up each month, so we will continue, with 
Bro. Tcnncy's assistance, to gather together what 
items of interest we can and forward them each 
month to the journal. Correspondent. 

Ntbraska Division — 

Bro. T. W. Moran, agent Wayne, made a 
friendly visit at Craig recently with relatives over 

New man, Mr. Crawford, at Coburn nights; 
says he will be with us soon as he gets the age 
tacked onto him. 

Ex-Bro. D. G. Crinklaw has accepted agency 
at Hubbard. He has a new set of papers and says 
be will soon be with us again. 

Bro. C. P. Wilson, recently of Wakefield, is now 
working as telegrapher at Bancroft. 

Bro. E. B. \Vallahan, nighu at Oakland, re- 
lieved Bro. Crouch, days at Tekamah, while the 
Utter was attending the convention at Minneapolis. 
Bro. Wallaban is now located at Lyons as day 
telegrapher, being relieved at "AD" nights by Mr. 
Hallisey, another new man. 

Changes under q>ecial bulletin, Bro. L. S. Wise, 
agent tel.. New Castle; Mr. H. L Smith, day tel.. 
Slock Yards; Mr. P. A. Pinion, agent tel., Thurs- 

Changes under bulletin May loth, Mr. A. C. 
Gibson, D. T. Crofton; Bro. C. C. Hinman, night 
tel., Emerson; Bro. A. H. Owens, agent tel.. 

Bro. Hedges, agent at Blair, took a couple weeks 
off recently and visited with relatives in the 
South. He reports a very fine time, but guess 
this country is pretty good for him yet. 

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Through kindness of Bro. Frost at Craig, we 
received notdce of the marriage at that place, June 
I9tb, of Mr. D. G. Crinklaw, agent at Hubbard, 
to Miss Mabel Gregaire, of Craig. The happy 
couple left same night for Chicago and Savannah, 
III., for a short trip, after which they will make 
their home at Hubbard. We wish to extend our 
hearty congratulations, and we hope that one of 
the lirst things Don does after he gets back is 
to fill out those papers and send them in. 

News is as scarce as the proverbial "hen's teeth" 
this month, so will have to cut short. Brothers, 
be prompt in paying up your dues for the com- 
ing term, we will need to stand solidly together 
and present a strong front in order to protect 
ourselves in the future. The proposition of the 
nine-hour day is nearing, and we must not let 
ourselves go to sleep over it if we do not want 
to be working for less money than we now are. 
We will be up against that same thing, and its 
up to us to see that no cut is made in our 
salaries on this account. We ought to have the 
eight-hour day and $75.00 minimum March ist, 
and we could get it if all would go after it at the 
same time and stand for it and nothing else. 
That's the only way we ever will get it, and the 
sooner we get busy the sooner we will have time 
to get acquainted with our families, and live like 
other employes of railroads do; have a little time 
to devote to ourselves and our homes, and not 
be giving half our lives for a fifty-dollar job. 
Think over these things, boys, read the journal 
and then get ready to act Div, Coi. 

Through the medium of The Railroad Teleg- 
raph ek I wish to express my thanks to the mem- 
bers located on the C, St. P., M. & O. Ry. for the 
beautiful flowers and expressions of sympathy in 
my late bereavement in the loss of my beloved 
husband. Mrs. Lotta Price. 

Renovo Division, No. 110. 

The regular June meeting of Div. no was held 
in Odd Fellows' Hall, Emporium, Wednesday even- 
ing, June 19th, and was well attended. Among 
those present were Chief Bro. Shea, Bros. Price, 
James, Ganey, Getchell, Carrier, McMacklin, John- 
son Hoffman, Perry, O'Leary and S. & T. Bro. 
Goodwin. Bros. Perry and Hoffman submitted 
their reports from the Grand Convention and 
were warm in their praises of the fine reception 
they received from the Twin City Telegraphers' 
Club and in fact, from all with whom they came 
in contact 

Am sorry to say there were none of the sisters 
present, but we have promises from all that they 
will make special efforts to attend the next meet- 
ing, as the weather is more favorable. 

We are more than pleased to announce that 
hereafter we can address Mr. E. T. Wells, of "JN" 
tower. Emporium, as brother, and assure him of a 
hearty welcome to our ranks. 

Mr. Geo. N. Williams, of Tamaqua, Fa., aiso 
became • member of Div. no at thii mectinc and 

we understand that Mr. Hulings, of Ridgway; Mr. 
O'Brien, of Cooks Run, and Miss Baird, of Sin- 
nemahoning, have their applications ready for next 
meeting. Indeed this is encouraging, for all of 
the above-named people are in every way desirable 
to our Order and will be a credit to it 

Our worthy chairman, Bro. J. N. Edwards, ably 
assisted by Bro. Price, of the Western Division, 
and Bros. Getchell and O'Leary are working upon 
an arrangement with view to our betterment re- 
garding increases of salary. 

We are informed by our secretary and treasurer 
that after the expenses are paid we will still have a 
comfortable balance in the treasury. What a 
change in a year with 71 members in good stand- 
ing and the 100 mark in sight. Is not this en- 

Brothers and sisters, how would a nice ball do 
some time this sttmmer. We could have it at 
Emporium or some of the other larger towns' and 
I know the tickets would go like hot cakes. One 
great advantage would be that we have our own 
music in the division, Bro. McCartan, of Renovo, 
being a splendid violinist and the comet part 
could be furnished by Bro. Getchell, of "HY," 
while Bros. Krape and Page, of Cameron would 
submit their bass viol and piano. Tbink it over 
and let us hear from you. 

Bro. L E. Hoffman, of "DT," Benzingers, is 
building a handsome residence at that place, which 
will be a great benefit in enabling him to live 
near his work. 

Our worthy secretary and treasurer contemplates 
taking a four weeks well-merited vacation. 

Everything going smoothly in the lock and block 
system under the maiugement of Electrician Chas. 
Johnson, of Cameron, who is in charge while 
Inspector Spangler is away on his wedding tour. 

Telegrapher Chatham is suffering from an at- 
tack of rheumatism; relieved by Mr. Cupp. 

Bro. Tiffany has been assigned to the Western 
District relief job. Hav not learned who takes 
his place on the Middle District. 

New block rules effective July ist, affecting the 
entire system. They will be of great benefit to 
the towermen in handling trains. 

Bro. Herman, from the main line, is doing 
extra work on the division at present We hope to 
see him located permanently soon. 

Bro. "Shorty" Lee, of "Jn," Emporium, was 
not at the last meeting. Wonder what took him 
to Buffalo at that time? It must have been urgent 
business or "Shorty" would not have missed a 

The brothers and sisters east of Emporium don't 
know what they are missing by not attending the 
meetings, and it looks bad for these members to 
remain at home when there are such good repre- 
sentation from the west end. 

We are very sorry to announce the death of the 
mother of Sister Elisabeth V. Neylon, Mrs. Mary 
Neylon, who died at the family resident in Renovo 
Thursday evening, June 13th, after an illness of 
several months. Mrs. Neylon was a noble Chris- 
tian woman, charitable in both thought and deeds 

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ind beloved and respected by all who knew her. 
Tkt members of Div. lo, as well as the entire 
community, extend deepest sympathy to Sister Ney- 
Ion >nd the members of her family in their great 

Death also called the wife of Bro. Daniel Mc- 
Mullen, of Div. 46. B. L. E. Mrs. McMullen bad 
been a patient sufferer for over two years, but 
mctumbed June 13th. The members of Div. ito 
with to express their sympathy to Bro. McMullen 
in his hour of trouble. 

Great sorrow has visited the family and many 
friends of Conductor John J. Gallagher who died 
in Lock Haven Hospital Saturday, June 15th. 
Bro. Gallagher underwent an operation which was 
KKceasfnl, but his system was so weakened by 
iuffering that he did not rally. Bro. Gallagher 
wu a member of Div. 533, O. R. C, and Lodge 
334. B. P. O. Elks. He was a resident of Renovo 
for the past thirty-one years and had been in the 
emptoy of the P. R. R. for the past thirty years. 
Bro. Gallagher was highly respected by all who 
knew hnn and his loss will be deeply felt. The 
members of Div. no extend sympathy to the be- 
reaved family. 

Be it said with pleasure that none of the mem- 
bers of our division are behind in their dues, all 
responding promptly within the limit of time to 
oieet their obligations. Our secretary and treas- 
urer wishes all to get full credit for this excellent 

We are thankful for the contributions from the 
brothers for this write-up and will look for more 
for next month. 

Well, as I have mn out of material will cut 
out this time, extending best "73" to all. 

Div. Co«. 

Ayer Division, No. 104. 

Regular meeting for June held in Clinton, June 
i6th, with a fair attendance. Bro. Mullen gave us 
an interesting report of the Minneapolis conven- 
tion. The brothers who did not attend missed one 
of the most important and without exception the 
most iaterestmg meeting of the year. 

Bra Thos. Longbo^om, South Lancaster, on a 
vacation during June. Bro. C. H. HcLenna re- 
lieving him. 

Telegraph block signals discontinued between 
South Lancaster and Barber June uth, and electric 
bkKk signals insulted. This closed several extra 
positions, but telgraphers filling them can easily 
be used at other points on the division. 

Bro. 1. T. Felch transferred from Clinton to 
"AY," Ayer days temporarily. 

Bra J. K. Quacbenboas, "G," Ayer nights, and 
Bro. H. W. Fee, Pepperell nights, have trans- 
ferred into Div. 104. Also Bros. Hester and 
Seeley, it Worcester. Hope to see them at the 

Bro. Dugdale, formerly at "AY," Ayer nights, 
is now located at Los Angeles, Cal. 

Bro. C. W. Rise has resigned his position with 
the W. U. in Boston to manipulate levers in a 
B. * A tower at South Framingham. 

Bro. Sinclair is at Clinton again and was at the 
last meeting. 

Bro. Sawyer, of Leominster, has resigned (o 
enter the wireless service. It's now Bro. Wheeler, 
of 89, at Berlin. 

Somebody asked: "Where does the O. R. S. A 
fit?" An organizer was heard to say: "A merger 
will take place soon or something will bust and it 
won't be the O. R. T." 

The secretary reports having visited Bros. Wat- 
kina and Pierce, of Southboro and Fayville, find- 
ing both enthusiastic for the cause. 

Our delegate says come to the July meeting and 
hear his supplementary report. 

We hear some talk of a new division at Mans- 
field. Your correspondent seconds the motion. 

Bro. Conway, of Medfield Junction, spent a few 
days at Westminster recently. 

The boys report a fine time at June meeting of 
No. 35. 

Our chief is expected to visit Nos. 41 and 89 
soon and report. 

Don't forget the new pasteboard July ist. They 
cost four plunks. Cebt. 4. 

Southern Ry. 

Chattanooga Division — 

Again our General Committee has returned from 
Washington, and while we did not obtain all we 
desire we made very good progress, and at least 
made known the fact that the O. R. T. is not dead 
on the Southern Railway. With more thorough 
organization on our line and the complete extinc- 
tion of the student, we shall soon be in a position 
to demand the wages and hours which our positions 

The trouble with the telegraphers in the past 
has been short-sightedness, willingness to work for 
wages hardly worthy of an errand boy, and as a 
rule, the telegrapher did not perceive that the pro- 
fession was full and overflowing, but you could 
see the faces of one or more students gaping out 
of most every telegraph shanty you might happen 
to pass, while the proprietor of the ranch would 
take pride in the number of hams he had turned 
out to compete with him for magnificent salary of 
$40 or $45 per month. 

Occasionally a telegrapher scorns organization as 
beneath his dignity. To get on the right side of 
the boss and hold his own in the matter of pro- 
ducing hams is the height of his ambition. 

There is no comparison between the raise en- 
joyed by the engineers and conductors and the 
smaller one obtained by the telegraphers, but when 
you study the question closely the reason is as 
plain as daylight. 

In the first place the trainmen have enough 
stamina to stick by their organisation through 
thkk and thin, and not drop out every time they 
fancy they have a grievance. 

The trainmen are not trying to do two men's 
work in order to get a "drag" with the train dis- 
patcher by keeping the telephones hot and inci- 
dentally reducing the number of poaitions by tele- 
phone substitution. What would the train men do 

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if called upon to do such service? There would 
be nothing doing. 

As a reward for minding his own business you 
find the trainmen getting the highest increase, 
shortest hours and commanding the respect of the 

Draw your conclusions, my friends, and follow 
the example of those organizations which have 
achieved success and abandon the idea that we 
can advance by individual effort at the expense oi 
fellow craftsman. 

Appreciating what has been gained in the past 
two years can we not lean stronger towards activity 
and aggressiveness than heretofore, and still keep 
within the bounds of prudence, of justice and 

Is it not more true than otherwise that some 
members, well meaning and worthy in every re- 
spect expect too much in a given time with the 
membership we have, rather than that too little has 
been accomplished. 

The aggressiveness of the General Committee 
has been and must continue to be gauged by the 
show of intelligence, self-interest and aggressive- 
ness of the membership. Success must be com- 
parative, not fiiul. Many of those who protested 
against what appeared to them slowness on the part 
of the General Committee, forget that they worked 
under far more unfavorable conditions and less 
salary but a few short months ago and that rapid 
strides have been made in bettering their condition. 

How true is it that our advancement has been 
made easier because of active work and aggres- 
siveness on the part of our fellow craftsman on 
other roads, setting the pace raising the standard 
which our employers must meet in order to secure 
and keep competent and worthy men. 

We still have some non-members open to con- 
viction, fewer still who are lacking in the most 
primitive instincts of appreciation, gratitude or 
decency, who are willing to adhere to the organi- 
sation leech-like and draw sustenance therefrom 
without contributing so much as one cent to its 
support. If there were any doubting among us 
they admit now that the organization here is a 
fixture and that it can and will show itself to be 
as time rolls on a potent factor for good. 

We beseech you to keep together faithfully and 
manfully, continuing to argue and contend for such 
terms and conditions of employment as is your due. 

Use your influence to weld together the bands 
of fraternity. 

The love of association the union spirit if given 
a fair chance will grow stronger within you and 
spread to others and keep you more true and faith- 
ful to the spirit, which brought you within the 
breastworks of the organization. 

There are a number of non-members on this 
division who would be terribly offended if their 
names should appear in The TKLECRArHis and it 
should become known to the membership and their 
many friends that they were lacking in backbone 
and were trying to cover up their infirmities with 
a hard luck story of financial embarrassment, yet 
this is what is being done on this division. Just 
how long the members of the Order will allow 

such conditions to exist is a question, but there 
are many members who are entirely too lenient. 

The non now days is figuring. In the first place 
he did not get quite as large increase as be should, 
and in the next place he did not get his share of 
other things, etc. Ask one of these men about 
$9 a year for the O. R T. and he will drag out 
that same old story, either his family is ill or he 
is preparing for the poor house. It is ridiculous 
to suppose that there are a dozen men on this 
division in such circumstances. 

As it appears now the railroads will have to in- 
augurate the eight-hour system next year, but we 
can't build too much on what we think about this. 
We may not get as much out of it as we think, 
especially if they find that we are weak in the 
organization, therefore it behooves every member 
to be up and doing, and endeavor to get the nons 
into the Order. 

The general secretary and treasurer is working 
hard now handling both the general chairmanship 
and the office of general secretary and treasurer, 
and we must assist him in building up Div. 59. 

Now, let each member here make a resolve to get 
at least one member between this and July. In 
fact, let's get in every desirable non we can at 
any time. The Order is what the members make 
it, and unless we support it it can not fulfill its 

I wish to say that there are a number of mem- 
bers on this division who seem to think that pay- 
ing dues and having a card is all there is to it. 
Now, brothers, there are other things to be done. 
Can't you get after that non next to you and 
thereby help to bring about thorough organization 
and by this you will not only be helping the others, 
but will help yourself. 

How long will you sit careless of your own 
interests. Can't you see that the Order on this 
division will become weaker unless you lend your 
assistance to keep it up. Are you looking ahead 
to 1908 when the new national nine-hour law goes 
into effect? Are you sure that you will get nine 
hours? Do you think it unnecessary to work any 
more and that all is done that can be done? 

If the members on the Southern System don't 
wake up and get thoroughly organized by 1908 they 
will regret it. How do you know that the rail- 
road where the organization is weak is not going 
to try to reduce salaries when the nine-hour law 
takes effect? I say we must be well organized in 
order to fight such attempts and unless we are 
strong we will lose out. 

Well organized roads will have no trouble. The 
company will not attempt any reduction in salaries. 

Get after the nons and help in every way to 
bring this system up to the standard of other roads. 
We can do it by concerted action. Individual 
effort will accomplish this result and I hope that 
you won't neglect this important step. Think of 
your own welfare, the welfare of your dear wife 
and children who are looking to you for support. 
Don't sit still and depend on a few members to 
fight the battle alone. 

Why don't you come to the meetings and help 
along? How can you afford to stay away? It 

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s«cnu to me that at this time each member should 
be more interested tlian ever. Wake up, and let 
every individual member put his shoulder to the 
wheel and victory is ours. 

I sincerely hope that each man will resolve to do 
something to help bring about thorough organisa- 
tion on the Southern System. 

Our first meeting of Chattanooga Division was 
held in the Chamber of Commerce Hall, Chatta- 
nooga, Tenn., Sunday night, June 9th with quite 
a large number present. 

The meeting was called to order by Bro. Griffith, 
Chief Telegrapher. The firet thing on the docket 
was to initiate the following new members who 
were taken into our ranks Sunday night; Bro. £. 
M. Southerland, Bro. J. C. Green, Bro. J. C. 

There were present at this meeting members 
from the Memphis Division, Knoxville Division, 
some from Central of Georgia and Atlanta Divis- 
ion, who witnessed the initiation of the above 
members. This was the first meeting held in 
Chattanooga and it is our intention to have regular 
monthly meetings of the Chattanooga Division and 
it is hoped that the boys will turn out and get 
acquainted and lend a helping hand to further the 
good cause, etc. 

The Suretary of Chamber of Commerce Hall 
offers us the hall regularly each month gratis, for 
which we should be very thankful and pay the city 
in return for this favor by a large attendance. 

Bro. J. H. Wilson, local chairman from Mem- 
phis Division, was with us and from his talk he is 
making very fair headway on bis new division. It 
is hoped that the membership will assist him and 
get meetings started at some convenient point. 

All of you brothers on the Georgia side assist 
Bro. Parker all you can. Help get the nons in 
line and do anything you can to build up the 
organization. We are coming slow, but sure. 
Every little bit helps and it is the little things that 

Bro. Vaughan was on the spot. Bro. Stanberry, 
from Lenoir City, was on hand and expressed him- 
self as well pleased with the meeting. 

Bro. Williams, who has seen many summers, 
was present and promises to come again. At the 
next meeting we want a good turn out, so we can 
get things started in good shape. Don't be afraid 
to ask permission to attend meetings and always 
state that you wish the transportation to attend 
O. R. T. meetings and you will get it. 

Quite a number promised to attend the meeting, 
but when the train whistled for the station it was 
the same old song. You are injuring yourselves 
when yon stay away from these meetings. 

Our General Chairman could not get away, but 
promises to be on band next time if possible. 

Vacancies are being bulletined now. How does 
it look to you, brothers. Think it looks good to 
some nons. 

Understand three brothers got passes to attend 
meeting in Chattanooga, but for some reason 
didn't attend. What's the matter? 

Shennan Heights vacant, but no bulletin as y«t 

If you have never attended a meeting come 
out and I will assure you that you will not regret 
it Get surted, that's all you have to do. 

If the agreement is not being lived up to you 
know the remedy — take up with the local chairman. 
It's up to you. 

Bro. Mills, Tasso, off on vacation. 

Bro. Vaughan off a few days; says he is going to 

Bro. Stanberry still chasing around extra. He 
will not have this to do much longer. Vacancies 
will be bulletined and everybody have a show. 
How much better are the conditions over here now 
than a year ago and bow much more pleasure is 
it to work under these conditions, realizing that 
every man will get a fair deal according to his 
seniority, ability, etc. Strange the nons won't 
wake up and come in line. 

Bro. Dunlap, formerly at Boyd, resigned. 

Bro. Babb, formerly at Lenoir City, transferred 
to Powder Springs agency. Hope he will like it 
and not forget the boys on the east end. 

Don't forget the regular monthly meeting every 
fourth Saturday night, Knoxville, Tenn. 

Those nons who refuse to join us after we work 
for them should not be given very much assistance. 
They take the benefits, yet they refuse to lend a 
helping hand. Isn't it right that we should give 
them the marble heart when they come to tis for 
favors, especially after they refuse repeatedly to 
join us like some have done on the Chattanooga 

Are you getting your meal hour or overtime? If 
not, why not? 

Do you' know of any vacancies that are not be- 
ing bulletined? If so take up with you local chair- 
man. That is what the local chairman is for to 
handle grievances, and it's your own fault if you 
don't take them up. 

Bro. Fitzgerald formerly nights at Charleston, 
Tenn., has been assigned regular to Lenoir City 
days. He secured this position which is one of 
the most desirable places on the division, on bul- 

Bro. Stanberry, extra man working temporarily 
at Charleston, seems that he will wonder back to 
the old home town. 

Brothers, can't you see the organization becom- 
ing stronger since last agreement? Surely it is 
climbing up. Vacancies being bulletined and 
brothers are taking up grievances and getting all 
the agreement allows them. Don't it do you good 
to watch the rapid strides the Order is making on 
the Southern. Keep driving and we will soon be 
up to the standard, and the road that has been 
down so long, so far as the telegraphers are con- 
cerned, will rank head and shoulders above others. 

There is a big change in the past two weeks even. 
The men seem to be waking up all around and we 
hope they won't grow disinterested in the struggle 
for what is just and right. 

Pay up your dues, keep the card around in your 
pocket and help the local chairman to get the 
nons in line, and in every way possible build up 
your organization. 

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Effective June zotb Mr. S. H. Goodwin, former 
cliief, traniferred to first trick dispatcher. 

Mr. D. O. Habn, formerly night chief, promoted 
to chief, while first trick dispatcher, Formwalt, 
gets night chiefs place. Div. Cos. 

Charlotte Division — 

Every one seems to be taking more interest in 
the Order. Each month a few new members are 
reported. We are almoat solid but there are so 
many new men coming and old ones going, that we 
are kept busy lining them up. Let us all feel that 
it is our duty to keep at work, watch the nons and 
show them that it is for their good that wc request 
them to come in and give their support. 

Our motto, which is "no card, no favors," is a 
good one, but your correspondent has had better 
results by approaching them in a way that will 
show them we are in actual need of their support 
and assure them a hearty welcome in the Order. 
When we have done what we can in this way, 
and the non sits year after year and enjoys the in- 
creases and schedules that we secure, then I say 
live up to our motto. 

What we have accomplished in the past two years 
is as much and as good as there is on record. 
I have one agency in mind that paid $48 two 
years ago, now the reguUr salary is $57.50. Last 
month the agent-telegrapher drew $61, including 
what he got through the dinner hour clause, but 
he baa a hard job and deserves every cent of it. 
Our increases as a whole are not any more than 
the general increases in living expenses. 

The meeting at Gainesville June 2 was soul-in- 
spiring. As usual a good number were present. 

Bro. McDaniel, our general secretary and treas- 
urer, was with us and in his quiet, easy way made 
a abort talk that thrilled all those present with an 
earnest desire to make every action count for the 

Bro. Cheek's address was forceful and when he 
called attention to the wonderful contrast between 
the organisation of several years ago and the one 
we have to-day every one felt like cheering, but 
he launched too quickly into eloquence and wound 
up by assuring our visitors of our appreciation of 
their presence. 

Bros. Weaver and Savage, from Charlotte, were 
in attendance. Two better union brothers never 
lived. Bro. Weaver is local chairman on the north 
end and was instrumental in organizing the Char- 
lotte lodge several weeks ago. 

Bro. W. S. Mask, our chief telegrapher, was 
married last week. Did not learn the lady's name. 
May their future pathway be strewn with flowers 
and crowned with happiness and prosperity. 

Sister E. B. Smith has just returned from two 
weeks' vacation, which she spent in Atlanta at- 
tending the big Gomper's meeting during his recent 
visit to the city. 

Bro. Andrews, who has been working nights at 
Flowery Branch, has been appointed agent at 
New Holland. He is a good union man and in 
splendid standing with the officials, and without a 
doubt has a bright future before him. 

Bro. B. L. Walker has the agency at Ayersville. 

Bro. J. W. Ayers has been in the mountains at 
bsi father's country home for the past few weeks. 

Bros. Collins and McDaniel were full of the con- 
vention and we are proud of the record they made. 

We are glad the next convention will be held in 
Atlanta. The South deserves more of the con- 
ventions, for better union men and women never 
lived than live on Dixie's soil. 

Bro. Collins is relieving Bro. Utsey, at "FX," 
for a few days. 

Bro. J. N. Sims has been on the sick list, but 
reported better to-day. Hope be will soon be back 
at his post. 

Bro. W. R. Johnson is back at work after wear- 
ing out a case of measles. 

Bro. Black is out for a few days, relieved by Mr. 

At the time your correspondent should have got- 
ten his article to the May journal he was called 
to the bedside of his mother, who was critically 
ill and who passed sweetly into the Great Beyond 
May 6th. 

The dots which should have been published in 
April did not show up. It was mailed promptly, 
but must have been lost. C. E. B. 

KnoxviUt Division, Between KnoxvUle and 


Several changes have taken place since the last 

The services of Telegrapher Dyer, Rader nights, 
have been dispensed with on account of his not 
being 18 years of age. Mr. Rayall relieved him. 

Mr. Baugh, from Carnegie days, has resigned 
and gone to Florida; relieved by Bro. Parsons. 

Miss Byington transferred from Rader to Delrio. 
Mr. Remine from Russellville, and Mr. Reams, 
from Talbott, off a few days attending the James- 
town Exposition. Mr. Reams relieved by Bro. 
Tranthem, from Russellville. Mr. McFarland in 
Bro. Trenthem's place at Russellville. 

"13" Mr. Gillespie, agent at Afton, has resigned 
and will go to the S. & W. as soon as relieved. 

Bro. Kennerly, from New Market, off sick for a 
few days. 

Bro. Porter, from Mascot, off for a few days at- 
tending Jamestown Exposition. 

Mr. Atckins, from Jefferson City, laying off. 

Bro. Davis, from west end double track, left the 
service. We are sorry to lose him. Mr. Mason 
relieved him. 

Bro. Craig, who has been on N. & W. for the 
past several months, is now night man at new 
line. We are glad to see him back with us. 

Bro. Leeson, from "DO" block office, off for a 
few days; relieved by Mr. Ramsey. 

Mr. Gandy, from "KY" days, has been made 
block inspector temporarily in Bro. Cassady's place. 
Bro. Caasady is in dispatcher's office. 

Mr. Warden working at "KY" days, in Mr. 
Gaudy's place. 

Bro. Clapp working nights at "KY." 

Bro. Mathews, from "K" message office, trans- 
ferred to Nashville. Bro. McMicheal coming to 
"K" in Bro. Mathews' place. 

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W* regret to advise we have a few atudenta on 
thi* end. We aI*o have several nons. 

Underatand Miaa Byington haa sent in her ap- 
plication. Also understand Mr. Anderson, from 
Mohawk, is going to get right, too. 

Carnegie days, Rader nights, Alexander nights. 
Delrio nights, and Afton days, are now bulletined. 
Telegraphers are scarce on this division and the 
thing for us to do is to keep them scarce. 


iVashingtoH Dtvision-- 

By scanning the pages of the June number, the 
Washington Diviaion is found invisible, but ever- 
theless she is up and doing business, jogging along 
and contending for her rights. 

We had a very interesting meeting the night of 
the 15th. More brothers from the north end were 
in attendance than usual, which we all were glad 
to see, and hope they saw where attending these 
meetings are of great interest to us all, and that 
the number may continue to increase and the en- 
thusiasm also. As our profession is nearing a 
crisis we need to be in an enthusiastic and work- 
ing mood, and stick close together in one solid 
body. "United we stand, divided we fall." 

Boys, turn a deaf ear to this student business 
that the company is endeavoring to enforce upon 
us. We do not need the $25 to mould "hams" by 
the 6rst of the year, as they would be nothing 
else but "hams" and "wage slashers" and incom- 
petent to handle a skilled profession in a satisfac- 
tory and safe manner. A student may loaf around 
a telegraph office six months and at the end of six 
motiths he will still be loafing around the same 
learned profession. Boys, don't take a atick to 
break your own neck, as it is against our feelings, 
rules, regulations, obligations, etc. We are not 
traitors nor backsliders, but are a working and 
honest body working together for the uplifting of 
our cause, and the protection of our wives and 
children, widows and orphans in our free country. 
We are all aware of the fact that if the country 
is flooded with a lot of recently-taught students it 
will work against us when the eight-hour law takes 
effect There are plenty of thoroughly competent 
iven in the country who will return to the pro- 
fession when desirable conditions exist. 

It seems as though the idea has sprung forth 
from some source that our meal hour can be given 
us between 1 1 :3o a. m. and 3 :oo p. m., instead of 
11:30 a. m. and 3:00 p. m., as our agreement 
calls for. The lengthening of time has been im- 
posed upon us without notice, therefore, we are 
investigating and not accepting. 

Who wants to eat breakfast at 6:00 a. m. and 
dinner at 3:00 p. m.? Why we would feel weak 
about half way. 

Don't believe there have been many changes of 
interest of late. Several night offices have been 
cat out, of which we are all aware. And there 
appears to be enough extra men at the present to 
relieve those desiring to vacate a few days. 

As the weather is quite warm I'll cease this peck- 
ing, hoping we all may find our way to the meet- 
ing h«lt. "Mc." 

Atlanta Divition — 

I am pleased to note that numbers of the ' 
brothers are taking special intereat in the welfare 
of our Order. This is just what we want to see. 
Let every member realize that it is his privilege as 
well as duty to pull together for the upbuilding 
of -our good and great organisation. The boys are 
aware of the fact that it is not reasonable to ex- 
pect their local chairman to do it all, and are lend- 
ing their vliuble assistance along mny lines. This 
I appreciate very much. Let's continue to work 
together for good. We would like thorough or- 
ganization, and the prospects look favorable. Con- 
tinue to preach and practice better service; it will 
be wise for us to build the service up to the 
highest possible standard as we move onward and 
upward. If any of us are carelesa with our 
work, unkind to those who appeal to us for in- 
formation, or if we allow our offices to wear an 
untidy appearance, there is certainly room for 
improvement, and we can not expect to be recog- 
nized as worthy brothers unless we seek to remedy 
such faults. I believe practically every brother 
and each and every sister will agree with me in 
this matter. 

I recently appointed for my assistanta, Bro. J. R. 
Winters, of Tallapoosa, Ga., and Bro. B. H. 
Harkins, of Atlanta, Ga. These gentlemen are 
fairly acquainted with the diviaion, and are in a 
position to give me valuable assistance. 

Bro. S. E. Smith, of Powder Springs, aware of 
the fact that I was attempting to keep business 
going without the aid of a typewriter, recently 
made up an attractive paper, merely placing the 
matter before the membership and ita friends, 
leaving the matter of contributing entirely with 
the boys. Numbers of brothers, sisters and friends 
have already signed the list and forwarded their 
contribution. The fact that this is being done 
without the asking causes me to appreciate it all 
the more. I desire to thank each and every one 
who has felt disposed to aid in this purchase. 

E. C. Moss, Local Chairman. 

Knoxvitte Division — 

Am glad of the opportunity to insert another 
line in the grand old journal. Having been over 
the line since our last write-up, am pleased to say 
I found more interest manifested than ever before. 
There arc not many nons on this end and we have 
their promises to be with us soon. 

I wish I could report as good a per cent 
all over the line as that up to B. D., but am glad 
to see the brothers taking interest, and if we all 
will get down to business and do all we can it 
will not be long until we can say solid over the 
Knoxville Division, with the exception of 1900 
men, who are exceedingly few. 

Would be glad to see the brothers take more in- 
terest in our meetings you who have not been at- 
tending do not realize how much you are missing. 
Come and help us confer the degrees on new 
members. You will learn more about the Order 
in one night at the meeting than you will at your 
home to two mootha. 

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At new jobs are created and vacancies occur 
they will be bulletined and the brothers will be 
able to secure desired locations when entitled to 

Night job Leadvale. on bulletin at the present 

We are glad to see Bro. C. C. Craig with us 
once more. He is working the night trick at New 
Line. He has been with the N. & W. for several 

Our meeting held in Knoxville the 2Sth was a 
success and after business was transacted in due 
form conferred the degree on our new brother 
from the west end. Am sorry to say I have for- 
gotten his name, but that will be furnished by our 
regular correspondent. 

As the result of my trip Mr. J. P. Bradshaw. 
Mr. M, L. McCormick. Mr. Rumbley and Mr. 
Winnie S. Walker will be known as brothers. We 
are glad to welcome them into the fold. 

Now, let us try and see if we can't give the 
company better service than ever before. If we are 
union *wc must unite as one and work together 
for the good of all. T. J. S., Local Chairman. 

To All Members Knoxville Division — 

Regular meetings will be held in Knoxville. 
Tenn., fourth Saturday night each month. Hall 
over the Japanese Theater, Gay street, 9:)a p. m. 
All are requested to attend every meeting. 

We want to extend our invitation to all visiting 
brothers. Come, you will find a liearty welcome. 
« Fraternally, 

T. J. Statford, 
Local Chairman. 


Whckeas, Almighty God has deemed it wise to 
remove from our midst our beloved Bro. John 
Miron Grossman. In memory to our brother who 
has been taken from us and in sympathy to the 
bereaved family, be it 

Resolved, By the members of Southern Railway 
Div. 59, that we extend to the members of the fam- 
ily of the deceased brother our heartfelt sympathy 
and we commend them to him who doeth all things 
well, and who will comfort them in this dark hour 
of sorrow; be it further 

Resolved, That in the death of Bro. J. M. 
Grossman that Southern Railway Div. S9 loses a 
true and faithful member and the wife a loving 
husband; and be it 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
sent to the family of our deceased brother; also 
placed on the record of the division and a copy 
sent to The Te'.ecrapher for publication. 

A. L. McDanibl, 
C. S. & T.. 


H. G. Alexamdei, 
J. H. Nicholson, 


Olean Division, No. 135. 

The regular meeting for the month of May was 
held at Olean as usual with fairly good attendance, 
but there is still room for more. Turn out, boys, 
and learn what is being done. The meeting for 
June will be held at the same place on the i8th. 

The following good jobs have been up for bid 
the past month: East Aurora, days and nights; 
Terminal, days; "OW," days, and "AD." nights. 
Here is hoping some worthy brother lands one of 
these, as they are all good. 

Bro. Cain, our relief man. is making his sched- 
ule this trip without any breaks. Let the good 
work go on, as most of us are badly in need of a 
hair cut once a month. Our first vice-chief, Bro. 
Mathewson, can cut his own hair and cut it close, 
too, but as a general thing we have not mastered 
the art as yet. 

I have credited Bro. J. T. McCarthy with a long 
mark this month. He will "13" why. 

The new semaphores and levers are installed on 
the south end and are ready for use. Expect the 
block system on that end will be going into effect 

A few Sundays ago our division operator was 
heard making inquiries along the Rochester Branch 
to ascertain from the professors of the numerous 
bam factories, whether or not all the students 
were working. It appears that there are five ham 
factories on this branch with a total of at least 
eleven students. Now, boys, it is not necessary to 
climb a tree to see that this is the place for us to 
do our little missionary work. 

I understand that Bro. Long, from "SN," has 
bid in Terminal days. 

Let us all make a special effort to attend the 
meetings. Div. Cos. 

North Adams Division, No. 139. 

Meeting called to order at 7 :30 p. m., June 8tb. 

I suppose the members think the correspondent 
has gone on a vacation and is prolonging the safe 
unnecessarily. This is not the case and through 
carelessness on my part, have of late sent in the 
write-up a little too late for print, so you see that 
accounts for it. * 

Understand that there is a little talk going 
around the room relative to the scarcity of write- 
ups from this division. Brothers, you must re- 
member that it only comes once a month, about 
the 15th to i8th, and sometimes It slips my mind 
as well as other things that happen so infrequently. 
The writer has an article in the magazine a few 
times more than some of the members appear at 
the meeting. People who live in the ice box 
should keep cool and figure out the faults at their 
own end as well as at the other. 

Wonder why Bro. Beard never shows up at the 
meetings? He should not be backward, but come 
up on the second Saturday night of the month and 
get acquainted. 

Bro. Girvan should come up and play at bis 
post or he is liable to be called upon for an ex- 
plaiution as to his negligence. 

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Mr. Aldn, who worked Jobnsonville nights, has 
been appointed to hold down the gravel pit day 

Bro. Moalc, at Schaghticoke nights, is to be 
married in the latter part of September, per re- 

Bro. Cook, of Shel Falls, will take a vacation 
in the Utter part of August, and expects to go to 
Niagara Falls for a few weeks. 

Bro. Meehan, who worked days at North Adams 
•on* years ago, and is at present dispatcher on the 
C. P. Ry., is visiting old B. & M. friends. 

There will be a rumpus at Eagle Bridge some 
night if Bro. Speanburgh and Bro. Cotton do not 
attend meetings oftener. 

Bro. Shaughnessy, of Hoosick Falls, claims he 
will come up to the meetings if the brothers will 
not make him ride the goat. Will try to get a peti- 
tion up against any such proceedings if he will 
promise to appear. Cot 

C, R. I. & P. Ry. 

UiKntteta and Cedar Rapids Divisions — 

Were you out to the meeting at Cedar Rapids 
June a 1st, if not, why? You surely missed some- 
thing good if you were not there, as it was one 
of the best we have held. Between twenty-five 
and thirty members were present, and our worthy 
General Chairman, W. T. Brown, was also with 
us, and gave a very interesting talk. Many sub- 
jects were brought up for discussion, and the 
boys were all very much pleased and welt repaid 
for being there. Was glad to note some of the 
brothers who are quite a distance from Cedar 
Rapids showing up so strong; I only wish we could 
get more interested on this question. Every one 
do your part and see if we can not have a much 
larger crowd at the next meeting, which will 
be held July 19th. Remember, its the third Friday 
of every month. 

Bro. Burle, of Cedar Rapids relay office, is 
spending his vacation in the East Mr. Rice and 
Oill working twelve-hour shifts account "O" being 

Jim Halpin is the new man at Cedar Rapids 
relay office filling the vacancy made by Mr. Haga- 
man taking a trick in "DS" office. 

Our chief dispatcher, T. H. Luneman, is off for 
two weeks; Mr. Heath relieving and Mr. Hawk 
doing the night chief act. Mr. McElrath, our 
south end chief, is also taking a much-needed rest. 
Mr. Scott, Branch Line dispatcher, is doing the 
stunt for J. J. M. 

Mr. Hadish, ticket clerk at Waterloo, off on 
vacation visiting friends in the East; Bro. McCarty 
doing the double act at "WA" while Hadish is 

Bro. Richards is holding down the lonely stunt 
at Palo nights, relieving Mr. Lavatte, "the noisy 

A. B. Vaughn, of Curtis, came across with the 
papers; glad to see him make this step in the 
right direction. 

Mr. Featherstone is the new man at Inver 
Grove, Bro. Tritchler having left the service of 
thi* company. 

Bro. Birch, of Fairbault, relieved at Inver 
Grove a few nights account no extra man to take 

Bro. See, of Oelwein, is spending his vacation 
in the West; can not say who is relieving him. 

Bro. Thorndike, of Elgin, resting up these days 
in Minnesota; G. A. Gruver is handling the biz. 
at Elgin. 

Bro. Pease, of Center Point, has returned from 
a visit in Western States much refreshed and ready 
to do business at the old stand. 

Mr. Randal, of Decorah, has resigned and "13" 
he quits the railroad business on account of poor 
health. Decorah is now bulletined and up for 

Steel gang is laying steel between Oelwein and 
Maynard, a much-needed improvement. 

Agent Monroe, of Palo, has filled out the papers 
and will soon be carrying a new card. 

Good bunch from the south end showed up to 
the meeting at Cedar Rapids the aist, but no 
one brought any items along, so will have to 
pass them up this time. 

New time card June 9th, changing all our train 
numbers, and also the time; kept us all guessing 
for a few days. 

See that your clearance cards are made out 
correctly. Nuff said. 

Brother, who is your neighbor on each side 
of you? Has he a card, is he paid up to date, or 
is he a non? Every one get busy and help to 
make the R. I. solid. The committee goes in to 
meet the general manager in July and they want 
good backing. See if you can not help to bring 
some poor non to see his errors, and get him 
lined up. There are not many left, but what we 
have should be looked after. 

Don't forget the dates of our meetings, third 
Friday of every month. Morkie. 

Iowa Division — 

You fellows who stayed at home should have 
been at the meetings at Rock Island, June isth, 
and Des Moines, June 17th. , A big crowd was 
present, a jolly good time was had by all, as 
well as important business transacted. If you 
don't have to work to let the other fellow go, 
please don't stay at home just because you will 
lose a few hours' sleep. Your presence will help 
to rush the thing along. 

Bro. O. E. Weaver got the day position at 
Wilton on bulletin. Bro. Davis still nights at 
that point. 

Harry Stonehocker is now working for the 
C. S. & C. C. D. Ry. at Bull Hill, Colorado. 

Bro. M. C. Brennan is now with the Great 
Northern at Mondak, Mont.; "13" Charley will be 
down to see us soon and possibly stay here. 

Bro. J. B. Smith, at Marengo, has been off 
a few days on account of the serious illness of 
Mrs. Smith, but at this writing she is reported 
much better. 

Bro. R. T. Ray is located at Oxford days, Bro. 
E. J. Yakish taking his place nights at Mitchel- 

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There arc one or two "undesirables" on the 
East Iowa, and with this exception we are solid. 
Still a few nons on the West Iowa, but they 
won't be there long. 

Notify your Local Chairman at once whenever 
a new man comes on the line, and let him know 
whether up-to-date or a non. If up-to-date get 
his certificate and division number so the Local 
Chairman can arrange to have him transferred' 
at once. This is important. 

In going over the division some time ago the 
Local Chairman found a man or two who didn't 
even know who they were working with at the 
next station each side of them. Please try and 
keep yourselves better posted than this so you 
can give the Local Chairman some information 
if he drops in on you again. Of course we 
realize you are all very busy. 

If you have any news items you would like to 
have appear in Tbe Telkgiaphek, you should 
advise your Local Chairman. Don't overlook any 
weddings, births or deaths. Cert. 390. 

Bro. C. D. Overturff is doing the extra dis- 
patching on the Des Moines Valley Division, be- 
ing relieved in "MS" office, Des Moines, by Mr. 
Thomas Cosgrove, a new-comer. 

Bro. Harry H. Whitehead is doing the extra 
work as dispatcher on the Iowa Division. We 
are all glad to see Harry get this work, and he 
sems to be getting along fine. 

Mr. J. W. Stoker, day telegrapher at Co. Bluffs, 
was called to Pleasant Hill, III., Monday account 
of illness of Mrs. Stoker, who is visiting her 
parents at Pleasant Hill. J. W. expects to remain 
a week or ten days, and if Mrs. Stoker's health 
has improved sufficiently she will return with him. 

We understand that Mr. A. Hafford, second 
trick wire chief at "MS," Des Moines, expects 
to lay off the latter part of June and visit home 
folks at Columbus, Ohio., 

Bro. W. B. Fryberger has been laying off at 
Tiffin for about three weeks. He visited in Des 
Moines, Metz and Wilton, and then took a little 
run down in Texas and Indian Territory. He 
does not think much of the Great Southwest, and 
says that Iowa is good enough for him. Cor. 

Missouri Division, Stvenfk and Eighth Districts — 
If any of you have received a copy of that 
pamphlet issued from Philadelphia, don't read the 
stuff you find in that little two-by-four journal 
and take it as the truth until you have ascertained 
from some of the members who were at Minne- 
apolis whether it is true. Write to your General 
Chairman and ask him about this Marr and Dolphin 
deal, as he was on the Committee of Grievances 
and Appeals, and you can rest assured that he 
would not have stood for anything only right. 
Then you can look at the committee handling this 
case and you will find that it was not a picked 
lot of men but that it was composed of men 
from the leading railroads of the country and 
from both the East and the West. Why, tbe 
members of the committee themselves look to be 
honorable and no one could for a minute question 

their ability to handle this matter in a fair and 
just manner. 

I assure you there was no split at Minneapolis. 
It was only a few that came there to try and split 
it, failed and are now trying to make you believe 
that they were successful. Take my advice and 
stay with the organization that pulled you from 
nothing and placed you among the other organiza- 
tions of the country. 

We have a few items this month frdm the 
Seventh District, thanks to Bros. Jackson and 
Stewart, and I request all the brothers on the 
Seventh as well as tbe Eighth Districts to send 
me the news and I will endeavor to get the 
articles in print. 

Your correspondent is trying to get relief to go 
out in Colorado for a few days, and if he gets 
away will have our worthy Bro. Jackson look after 
the write-up next month. 

Mr. A. H. Masters relieved your Local Chair- 
man, Bro. Stewart, while he spent a few days 
at Minneapolis during the convention. Bro. Stewart 
now advises that Mr. Masters has accepted the 
night job at Harvard and that we can soon call 
him brother. 

We can now call both H. O. Sawyers and A. 
L Haines, of Seymour, brothers, as they have 
both filled out papers and same are in the hands 
of the G. S. & T. Bro. Stewart, with the help 
of tbe members on the Seventh District, is stirring 
things up, and the boys on the Eighth District 
will have to get busy or the Seventh will be 
solid before we are. Now, let every member 
jump on to some non this month and make him 
promise to send in his papers. 

Bro. Duke, agent Mill Grove, has returned from 
an extended visit West and expects to resume 
work in a short time. He was relieved during 
his absence by Mr. G. E. Vanmater, from the 
Burlington. Bro. Stewart advises that Mr. Van- 
mater has promised to send in his application this 
month. Glad to hear it. 

Mr. F. L. O'Neill, who was working nights 
at Harvard, accepted the agency at Paris, but is 
at present working days at Gallatin. 

Night office at Spickard was closed May isth, 
Bro. A. E. Hugbson taking a vacation of fifteen 
days and going to Gay days on his return. 

Expect to open Spickard again as night office 
soon as the block system goes into effect, and 
presume Bro. Hugbson will then return to Spick- 

Mr. J. C. Morrow, who was temporarily at 
Paris, went to Camden Poii.i for a couple of 
weeks, relieving Bro. Girdner. While Bro. Girdner 
was away he visited St. Paul and we received a 
very pretty and appropriate post-card from him. 

In our last write-up we failed to designate 
Bro. Coulter, Hickory Creek, as brother. It ira« 
a mistake on our part and no harm meant. We 
are certainly glad to know that be is with us. 

There are a number of nons on this division, 
and I trust they will secure application blanks 
and get out of that class. They will have to 
admit that it is not the nons who have secured 
better working conditions and better rates of pay. 

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Why, then, are they holding aloof? Do they want 
the other boys to pay for these things while they 
(the non*) receive the bene6t without a hand's 
turn? It would be as reasonable for them to ask 
a man to buy them a shirt or a sack of flour, 
for it amounts to the same thing, and they will 
readily recognize this fact if they will stop to 
think that they are enjoying increases that the 
members have worked and paid good hard money 
for. Now, I know they don't regard it in that 
light, but it's a fact and it is up to them to buy 
theae shirts and this flour for themselves. I don't 
like to bay stuff for other people when I 
actually need the money myself, but would great 
deal rather buy it for them than to exchange places 
and have them baying for me. So get out of that 
old rut and let's all be on an equal basis, each 
one buying for himself. 

The block sutions at Blake and Highland are 
completed, and X anderstand the men will be in 
them in a few days. Also hear that a;, present 
there will be no block office at Mabel, but that 
Platte River is to have one and that Stockbridge 
is to be opened soon. 

From all appearances at present our eight- 
hour law, so far as the Rock Ishind is concerned, 
fanned out at the bat. But there is a bright day 
coming, brothers, so don't be discouraged, but 
keep paying up your dues and see that the other 
man does the same, and possibly we will some 
time before long have an eight-hour day that will 
stick and the penalty for not living up to it will 
amount to more than a small fine. 

Now, don't forget to try and secure a new 
member this month. Even if you just give him 
one little push toward the right direction it will 
be a great help, and while it will not be much 
effort on your part it will be of great assistance 
to others. 

Until I return again I will leave you with the 
following words: "Keep after them." 


Si. Louis Division — 

Not so many changes past month. 

Bro. J. E. Son has bid in agency at Nay. 

W. L. Bonnett, Nay, now at Henley. 

Bro. E. D. Gidinghagen relieved at Gascondy 
a few days last week. 

Bro. R. D. Elliott leaving line to accept position 
with U. P. at Denver, Colo. 

C. Huchison, nights Union, laying off few weeks; 
relieved by R. H. Carson, who says will carry a 
card soon. 

Bro. J. J. Flint, agent Ettcrville, laying off a 
few weeks; relieved by Bro. Emmett Smith, late 
from the Norfolk & Western Ry., member of 
Division No. 14. 

"13" Bro. C. H. Koetting, of Gerald, is expect- 
ing relief to take a vacation shortly. 

O. W. HoUoway, agent Bowen, has resigned 
to accept service elsewhere. Sorry to see him go. 

Bro. McDonald, nights Forsyth Jet., is leaving 
the line. Ceit. 4S0. 

Nebraska Division — 

Another month has rolled around with the 
usual good results in the way of new members, 
which is always a pleasing thing to see and know 
of. At the rate we are going now it will be but 
a short time until the Nebraska Division will 
be solid from one end to the other. B. O. Fasley, 
days, PbilUpsburg, F. H. Caudy, Harbine, and 
C. H. Fuller are the last ones to get new cards. 

Keep the good work going and get after every 
non on the line, and see if you can not show him 
why he should become a member. It is not a 
hard proposition to tell him in what way he will 
be benefited, and I wish every member on the 
division would appoint himself a committee of 
one to do all that is m his power to secure new 

We held our regular meeting at Belleville on 
June tsth, with about fifteen of the boys present, 
and the only thing that we were sorry of was 
that more were not there, but since the new time 
card went into effect it is almost impossible for 
the boys east of Belleville to go back home. For 
this reason it was decided that meetings would be 
held at Fairbury subject to the call of the Local 
Chairman, and we want every one who can 
possibly get off to be sure add attend these meet- 
ings, for there are matters of importance that 
you should know about, and about the only way 
we can tell you and make it plain is to have you 
at these meetings where we can talk to you. So 
make every effort to attend. 

At a meeting of the representatives held at 
Kansas City before starting for Minneapolis it 
was decided to put our General Secretary and 
Treasurer, M. E. Schooler, on a saUry, so that he 
could devote all bis time to the work. You will 
all be notified of this in due time. 

There have not been very many changes on the 
division the past month, and I guess the cnly 
reason for it is that there was no relief man to 
be bad. Several of the boys desire to get off 
but very few of them are able to do so. 

Mr. Edd Wolford relieving Bro. Turner at Pow- 
hattan for thirty days. 

Bro. Green back to work at Jansen since return- 
ing from the convention. Mr. Rairden, who was 
relieving him, has left the service. 

"Owls" at Albright are changing so fast that 
it is impossible to keep tab on them; !atest one is 
H. A. Lorsch, unable to say whether he has a card 
as be is a new man on the division. 

Night telegrapher M. H. Goodlander, Lincoln, 
was married June 5th to Miss Donnels, of Auburn, 
Neb. All hands join in extending congratulations. 

Bro. Barnes is back to work at Richfield after 
his vacation. 

"13" that Bro. Geo. Lee starts in at Otego 
again today. 

Day telegrapher Yoacum back at Smith Center 
and Bro. Cowan is taking about ten days off to 
visit his folks at Portia. 

F. J. Sadelek, at Plymouth, has taken out a 
new card and is entitled to fraternal courtesies. 

Boys, keep your ear on the "F" wire. We 
have a good bunch of fellows up there and we want 

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to help them all that we can by answering up 
promptly. J. A. M. 

Whereas, The Almighty God has deemed it 
wise to remove from the family of our Bro. 
Geo. D. Lee little Robert, in manifestation of our 
respect and friendship for our brother and his 
wife; be it 

Rtsolved, By the members of the C, R. I. & P., 
Division No. 136. Order of The Railway Teleg- 
raphers, that we extend to the bereaved parents 
our heartfelt sympathy, in this, their hour of 
aiBiction; and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
furnished the bereaved family, a copy spread upon 
the records of the division, and a copy furnished 
The TKLicKArRER for publication. 

E. C. Green, 
C. E. Bauvelt, 
J. A. Merrill, 


Rock Island Branch, Galesburg Division — 

Owing to the failure of the boys to come up 
with the necessary items last month, we had no 
write-up, and are in just about the same pre- 
dicament this month. However, your Uncle Ezrah 
has succeeded, with the assistance of a faithful 
few, in scraping up a few items. Boys, it looks 
exceedingly bad not to sec just a small write-up 
from us each month. It would take so little of 
your time to help us out by sending in an item 
or two. It is a duty we owe ourselves and our 
Order, to see that we arc represented each month. 
Don't hang back and wait on your neighbor to 
assist us; just buy an envelope, put a i-cent 
stamp on it and address it to H. W. Kost, 534 
27th Street, Rock Island, 111., and send them 
along. Every little bit helps. 

Mr. Roscoe McGowen has resigned his position 
as day telegrapher at Rock Island 30th street 
depot and accepted position as night message 
telegrapher in dispatcher's office at C, R. I. & P. 
depot. McGowen relieved by Mr. McGrath, of 
Galesburg, a one-time member of our Order. He 
has expressed his desire to make good and no 
doubt we will be enabled to attach the brother 
in next write-up. 

Mr. Earl Victor, formerly agent at Ophiem, 
working nights at 20th street station, Bro. Fling 
having been transferred to Alpha nights. 

Bro. Ed. Eckenbaum, formerly nights at Bar- 
stow, transferred to agency Ophiem, his home 
town. Am not advised who relieved at Barstow 

Mr. A. J. Carter, formerly agent Barstow, 
transferred to agency Bushnell; relieved at Bar- 
stow by Mr. Aringdale, formerly "DO." 

Bro. Bush Kirkman, of Erie, relieving Aringdale 
as day telegrapher. 

Mr. Stevenson, nights at Warner, has his ap- 
plication papers in, and soon will be termed 

Bro. Frank Seward, days 17th street block, 
laying off account sickness; relieved by Bro. W. 

T. McMillan, night man. Mr. Conrad Westlins 
working extra nights at 17th. 

Plenty to do at Terminal Jet. these days; sand 
trains galore. 

The D., R. I. & N. W. Ry. are tiling in the 
approach to Crescent Bridge, also Bridge 151 juat 
east of Terminal. This work is being done under 
contract by C, B. & Q. work trains. 

Bro. L. T. Burford, nights Terminal. 

Now, boys, don't forget those items and we 
will be much obliged. H. W. K. 

Union Pacific Ry. 

Wyoming Division — 

Bro. F. L. Murphy, days at Birdwood night 
office, closed, and office may be closed altogether 
until health conditions are remedied. Basement 
full of water makes it bad for malaria. Bro. G. 
C. Willis left there nights few days ago. Bro. 
Willis hails from "way down in Georgia," and 
having secured a position with the Frisco mt 
Birmingham, Ala., straightway packed his little 
grip and started for the Sunny South. Good 
luck to him, as he is true blue and has the 
genuine hospitality of the typical Southerner. 

Hershey held down by Bro. W. F. Howard days 
and Bro. Ernest Banc, from the Wabash nights. 
Bro. Howard, who is a tireless worker for the 
cause, returned home a short time ago from m 
three weeks' trip east to visit his parents. He 
called on the Order headquarters at St. Louis on 
his rounds and reports being treated royally by 
them. He was relieved by Bro. Bane. 

Bro. W. A. Hostetter was fortunate enough to 
land the agency at Sutherland while Bro. G. L. 
Stout does the owl stunt and rustles the cans of 
cream. Both always up-to-date and good workers. 

Bro. J. B. Reynolds relieving agent at Paxton 
while Bro. R. Deffenbaugh plays the part of the 

Roscoe night office closed account shortage of 
telegraphers; new-comer works days. Have not 
learned his name or where he is from. 

Bro. R. D. Chamberlain, nights at Ogallala. 
is on sick list at present, but expects to be out 
again in a few days. Temporarily relieved by 
Bro. W. Z. Hamm, a new man from the Illinois 
Central. Bro. Spencer operator days. 

Bro. W. H. Seibert, days and Bro. J. Hoist 
nights, keeps things going at Brule. 

Julesburg manned by Bros. C. W. Simons, R. 
C. Young and Mr. Keinbing. Bro. M. V. Burns 
being on sick list at present. Hope he will soon 
be out again. 

Bro. C. F. Wheeler, days at Chappel, relieving 
Mr. A. P. Ridge. 

Mr. P. D. Gray, working nights, claims he is an 
Order man "at heart," makes all kinds of prom- 
ises and excuses, but that is all ever comes of it, 
and as several "pay-days" have passed since he 
first made his promise and he still stays out in 
the cold, we have concluded he likes to stay out, 
as it is cheaper to let the "other fellow" pay 
for it Excuses are cheaper than dues. 

This is the writer's first attempt, so will be 
overlooked if not perfect; but a poor write-up beats 

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none at all, and it aeenn that eretybodj ha* been 
waiting for aome one dse to make the start. 

We have a good schedule, but it can he im- 
proved and all memhers should strive to that end. 
The Order is no longer a speculation or un- 
certainty, and the telegrapher who can not see 
what wonderful things it has done for us certainly 
must he very narrow-minded. I can not think 
any one is that narrow-minded, but rather that 
they are too selfish to be willing to help pay for 
the advantages gained. They will not join the 
Order as it will cost them something, but in their 
hearts they are very glad that others do. If they 
could only have a trial at working under the 
difficulties experienced a few years ago, and even 
at the present time on some roads, such as tend- 
ing switch lamps, working fourteen to sixteen 
hours a day at one-man stations, etc., they would 
change their tunes before morning. I have been 
all along these lines myself and speak from ex- 
perience, and can certainly appreciate what the 
Order has done and the prospects it has for the 
future. CiKT. 6 1 6. 

IVyoming Division, Wtttern District — 

We regret very much to lose our chief dis- 
patcher, Mr. Foley, at Cheyenne. Our loss will 
be someone's gain, and we wish him success, as 
the treatment accorded us during bis short stay 
made him very popular. 

Bro. Yantiss, of Hanna, spent one day in 
Laramie and one day in Cheyenne, narrowly 
escaping serious injury while taking in the sights 
of the cities. 

Bro. Grimshaw relieved Bro. Yantias at Chey- 
enne and is now an ambitious angler near Her- 
moaa, catching trout. 

Bro. Thomas now doing the heavy at Rock 
River while Bro. Teghi is absent. 

Bro. O. C. Shields got Medicine Bow agency 
on bulletin, relieving Bro. S. E. Tolliver, who 
took the Pazton agency. 

Bro. L. E. Klein on a vacation, goes back to 
dear old Broadway, New York 

Bro. E. C. Wright, of Rawlins, leaves the ser- 
vice and accepts T. F. A. job for the C. & N. W., 
with headquarters somewhere in Idaho, we under- 

Mrs. Welty, nights at Howell, on the sick list 
for a few days last month, but has resumed duty. 
Saya she is going to join the O. R. T. Glad to 
hear such news. 

Bro. Ablard still in Washington, place being 
filled by a stranger. 

The district practically dear of west-bound loads 
at present. 

We understand it is the intention to put the 
west-botud main line between Thayer Jet. and 
Point of Rocks in operation as soon as possible. 

Bro. Trapp transferred Thayer Jet. to Green 
River in dispatcher's office. 

Bro. Foster transferred Tipton nights to Thayer 
Jet. days. 

Mr. Long, from the L., S. & M. S. in Indiana, 
new man at Tipton nights. 

Baxter closed; operating double track now be- 
tween Thayer Jet. and Rock Springs. 

Bro. Crandall transferred Baxter days to Riner 

Bro. Leahy gone to Minneapolis on vacation. 

Harry McKee, night man Baxter, gone to S. P., 
we "13." 

That new schedule on S. P. is drawing a great 
many of the boys that way. A good schedule 
is more advantageous to the railroads than to the 

We are glad to have Bro. Ablard numbered 
among us again; notice he is back at his old 
stand at Bitter Creek after having spent an 
extended vacation in the Northwest. 

Bro. Connors, we understand, has left the 
service of the Union Pac. and gone to Portland. 
Success to him wherever he lands. 

CsKT. 41a. 

Eastern District, Kansas Division — 

Bro. B. W. Doyle, who has been reporting tl|e 
ball games and handling the "CX" in "Z" office, 
Kansas City, baa resigned, being relieved by Mr. 

Bro. L C. Stout, Bonner Springs, promises to 
have Mr. Morrell, hia night telegrapher, lined up 
with us next month, making Bonner solid. 

Bro. S. H. Paul, "FY" office, Kansas City, has 
accepted the position of agent at Abilene, Kans. 

Bro. A. H. Engle, Linwood, off several nights 
account sickness, being relieved by Mr. Philip 
Pierson. In addition to relieving Bro. Engle, Mr. 
Pieraon relieved the station of several things and 
is now holding forth in jail. Mr. Pierson come 
to Linwood with the old excuse some one had 
stolen his pocket-book and cards. It pays to watch 
such nons, especially when they have such a poor 
memory as to forget what division they belonged to. 

Bro. G. E. Payne, Manhattan, was off several 
days. Bro. Leger handled the "Meco" while 
Goldie filled up on spring chicken and wedding 

Bro. Denison, Blue Rapids, bid in Detroit days. 

Bro. Klasse, relief agent, relieved Bro. Cantwdl 
at Irving for several weeks. 

Sister M. I. Nixon, Manager at Manhattan, 
took a two weeks* vacation, being relieved by 
Bro. Leger. 

Bro. Klasse relieving Bro. Carson at Ft. Riley. 

There are several persons, and they are not 
all nons, who persist in doing all they can to 
increase the supply of telegraphers, and if the 
practice is not stopped charges may be preferred. 
There are twelve or fifteen telegraphers who have 
left this division in the past two years and are 
now engaged in other business who would no 
doubt return were conditions better. 

If you have not yet answered Bro. Perham's 
circular letter do so at once. It is important. 

How about the new card. It's time you had 
one, you know. 

Bro. Fenton Weeks was quite sick for several 
days last month. 

Bro. Brady, at Rossville nights, transfers to us 
from R. I. ia6. "HO." 

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B. & o. 8. w. Ry. 

SpringStld Dtvitioti — 

We note the General Committee has returned. 
Don't know what the situation is, but we are 
sure everything is "OK." 

B. & O. S. W. System, Division No. 74, is 
95 per cent strong, and how proud we are to 
be in a position to say so. 

Bro. White, of Norris City, has accepted the 
agency at Bridgeport, relieving Bro. Chassels. 

Bro. Ingling, of lola, relieved Bro. Peck last 
week while Bro. Peck attended to some business 
at Cincinnati. 

Bro. C. R. Tate is talcing a vacation this week, 
visiting in old Missouri. 

Bro. Allen is working at Mill Shoals while 
Bro. Morgan is absent 

Bro. Porter at Norris City for the present. 

Am just in receipt of a copy of the proceedings 
of the convention. It's worth your while to read 
it thoroughly. Note the resolution in regard to 
handling the U. S. mail; that looks good to me. 

We hoped to see something from main line on 
Illinois Division, also Indiana Division, but noth- 
ing has yet appeared. 

Why is it that every one notices the fact that 
telegraphers are the poorest paid class of em- 
ployes on a railroads I have had a number of 
persons mention this fact to me of late. Why is 
it? You don't have to "figger" very long to tell 
why. Get busy and do your part. 


Ohio Division — 

The boys all awaiting the return of the General 
Committee. They seem to have all confidence 

Bro. Hagerty working nights at Belpre. 

Bro. Witberspoon going to "DA" tower, third 

Bro. Brill relieving Bro. Hulbert at Guysville. 

Bro. Redman relieving Bro. Campbell at "AS" 
tower account of sickness. 

Bro. Hester, agent Mineral, sick, relieved by 
Bro. Flinn, formerly with N. & W. 

Bro. McNamara, agent Zalesld, off to get mar- 
ried; relieved by day telegrapher Knowlton. 

Bro. Driscoll working days and Bro. Meyer, 
formerly of Ohio River Division, working nights. 

Bro. Ray came back to Byers Jet. nighu, after 
a year's absence; worked for U. S. carrying mail 
on rural route. 

Bro. Wallace, agent at Ray, relieved by Bro. 
Ubrig, extra dispatcher, account sickness. 

Bro. Betz working days at West Jet. while 
regular man. Smith, working days at gravel pit. 

Bro. Johnson working nights at "RK" tower 
during absence of Bro. Brill, who is now at 

Bro. Houser, days at Musselman, relieved by 
night man Whaley; Bro. Houser rejoicing over 
the arrival of a baby girl. Bro. Fuert working 

Bro. Wilson, days at Lecsburg, relieving Chair- 
man Wires at Cozaddale while he appears before 
the officials on matters relative to new schedule. 

Bro. Cook, night man, now working days at 

Bro. Conover, regular day second trick of 
"DA" tower, relieving Bro. Nichols nights of 
Midland City. 

Bro. Fuert relieving Bro. Smith nights at 
Blanchester; Bro. Smith sick. 

Bro. Harper accepted the agency at Windsor, 
former agent Conover taking second trick at 
"DA" tower. 

Three tricks put in at "DA" tower; accepted 
by Bro. Leever, Conover and Witberspoon. 

Bro. Hiatt to "DE," Chillicothe, nights, Symins, 
night man, accepting the day job, Bro. Harper, an 
old Big Four dispatcher .of Columbus, taking 
the night job at Loveland. 

Bro. Kirkendall accepted night office at Maderia 
just opened. 

Bro. Brown, of East Norwood days, accepted 
Eighth Street "CS" office days. 

Howard, of "RH" tower, now working third 
trick at Ivorydalc Jet. 

Bro. Blevins resigned days at Stock Yards, 
"CN" office, night man, Bro. Jackson, taking 
days. Bro. Richards, new man, took night* for 
short time, but Bro. Mayfield leaving general office 
at Cincinnati, "SG" office, Bro. Richards took 
that, and night vacancy at "CN" filled by Bro. 
Kersbeimer, just arrived from the Q. C. with an 

Seventy-four offices on this division, employing 
146 telegraphers with only five nons. How is that 
for thorough organization? Div. Coa. 

N. Y., C. A St L. Ry. 

The General Committee has been in session at 
Cleveland since April 16, 1907, concluding ne- 
gotiations with the management on the afternoon 
of May 9tb. Before this reaches you, a letter will 
have been sent out to each member employed on 
the road, giving a brief account of the work 

It is to be hoped that all those who have not 
paid the special assessment will realise the neces- 
sity of doing so at once, in order to meet in full 
the expenses of this work. Promptness in these 
matters means a great deal. The committee wishes 
to extend its thanks to all those who so willingly, 
and with the proper .spirit, interested themselves 
in the affairs of the division. 

While there is still plenty of room left for im- 
provement in the telegraph department, our sched- 
ule agreement will now compare favorably srith 
those in eflFect on competing lines. 

The amended rule, and advance in pay, adding 
about $7,000 to the yearly salary, is • great im- 

The committee hat only words of praise for the 
managing officials, who showed a disposition at 
all times to listen to arguments and weigh the 
many grievances in detail, and it is to be hoped 
every telegrapher and station agent will show 
their appreciation of this courtesy by giving the 
very best service in return. 

Your attention is again called to the fact that 
your Local Chairman is not always notified when 

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a newcomer goes to work on the line. If he u a 
member of some other division, you should notify 
the Local Chairman, in order that he may arrange 
for transferring him to membership on our di- 
vision. If he is a non-member, the Local Chair- 
man should also be advised. 

Some idea can be gleaned of how difficult it is 
at times for Chairmen to keep track of all these 
changes, from the fact that our road hired during 
last year 140 extra men, and at the close of the 
year only 39 of this number were in the service- 
It behooves us all to put our shoulders to the 
wheel with renewed effort, and not only hold fast 
what we have gained through organization, but 
build up such a bulwark that in a very short time 
we can proudly say, we are taking the lead among 
the skilled workers of the country. 

Miss Randall has resigned her position as day 
telegrapher at Thornton Junction. 

Bros. Corbett, Dudley and Weatherup have left 
the service to accept positions with the P. R. R. 

Bro. O. F. Pierce, of Brocton, is off on a 
month's vacation. Bro. Donovan is working days 
and Bro. Henry Wiaer is working nights. 

Bro. Howard L. Hicks, formerly night teleg- 
rapher and ticket agent at Dunkirk, haa accepted 
a position in the office of the Standard Oil Com- 
pany at Bnla, West Va. 

Night Chief J. J. Brown has gone to Denver for 
a few weeks. Div. Cot. 

Fourth District— 

The warm days are here at last and also the 
desire for the busy man to spend what few mo- 
ments of leisure he has, if any, in the shade of 
some "old apple tree," or somewhere. But, 
brothers, a little more friction over here is needed 
to keep a cold feeling from entering into our 
thoughts. Don't turn a cold shoulder to your 
Order and say, "this is well enough," but keep 
the motto well in mind: "still onward." 

Bro. C. S. Elliott, of the C. 1. & S., at Knox, 
has taken up a new vocation, as rate inspector, 
located at Stony Island, III. 

Bro. C M. Guide has transferred bis attentions, 
as owl at "K," to the C. 1. & S. day job at Knox. 
We regret to lose a brother, but trust the change 
is for the best and will be content to know that 
the vacant chair is filled by a man wilh "the 

Bro. J. H. Winkamper relieves Bro. Guide at 
Knox nights. 

We "13" that Bro. Shoemaker, of "SD," was 
selling tickets for a short time, but soon returned 
to the key. 

Bro. F. L. Savery, at one time employed on 
this district, but now of the Indiana Harbor Belt, 
at Grasselli. gave his old friends a short visit at 
Knox, his old home. Frank says he has a job 
that you read about. 

Our committee was successful in a way at their 
last meeting, with the general managers; but, 
brothers, don't think we can jump from the bot- 
tom to the top round of success in one or a few 
bounds. Get after the nons and get them in line 
so that when our committee again goes before the 

management, they may know that they have a 
solid line of backers. 

You brothers who are relieved from duty every 
night or morning by a non stop and visit with him 
a few minutes and convince him that we are 
striving for his welfare as well as our own, and 
induce him to take that small burden of assistance 
upon himself and help us gain the victory. 

There are a few nons on this district, we are 
sorry to say, but we know where each one of them 
ia, and we are determined to tell them of the O. 
R. T., whether they desire to listen or not. So, 
boys, get busy; get out your musty application 
blanks and have him put his name on them, an<l 
when your supply of blanks is exhausted, just 
drop Bro. Smith a line at Argos, and they will 
be forthcoming. 

I, for one, would like to see items from this 
district appear in The TELBGaAPRaa every month, 
but in order to have a correspondent give a write- 
up each month, it is necessary that be be giver, 
some assistance. Send me a list of changes, or 
anything of importance, each month so that we 
can get it to the editor before the aSth, and don't 
forget to talk O. R. T. "Nick." 

Third District— 

Millers City nights, having been closed, Bro. 
Didier was transferred to Colby. 

Bro. Agnew passed along the line, enroute to 
Arcadia nights. 

Telegrapher J. M Clark, Leipsic Junction nights, 
met with a misfortune this week, the loss of sight 
of both eyes, compelling him to leave his position. 
Mr. Clark was a member of our Order for years, up 
to 1893. Since that time he has been employed as 
a freight clerk around Cincinnati, O., and has 
just recently returned to the key. His intention* 
were to again become one of the boys in the near 
future. Third District of Division 18 extends the 
deepest sympathy and wishes Mr. Oark a speedy 

Bro. Nelson, a new man on the road, is reliev- 
ing Mr. Clark at Leipsic Junction. 

Bro. Redman, Fostoria nights, assisted in the 
capture of a "Boo-Boo" man, who frightened three 
young boys and robbed them of $15 in that 

Dispatcher Hartsler, Ft. Wayne, is off duty on 
account of the sickness of his wife. 

Boys, to make these write-ups more interesting, 
why not mail the correspondent a line or tw* each 

Bellevue Station nights and Oakwood nights 
were bulletined the first of June, but up to this 
time have been unable to learn who have filled 
these places. Cokresponobnt. 

Seaboard Air Line. 

First Division — 

Our regular monthly meeting was held at Norlina 
the night of June isth, with Bro. Benn in the 
chair, and a good attendance on hand. It was a 
source of great pleasure and very encouraging to 
note the renewed interest which the men are tak- 
mg in these meetings. Several of the R. P. C. boys 

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were prevented from beiiig pretent by No. 43, the 
Seaboard mail bdng wrecked and tying things up 
all night However, Bro. Shepherd, of "RI," 
Richmond, caught 81, detoured via the A. C. L., 
and showed up, bright and smiling as ever. On 
account of some of the boys being anxious to catch 
32 for the Raleigh District, a meeting was held 
before the arrival of this train, and after seeing 
them off, went back and "had it all over" again. 
A number of important matters were brought up, 
and very ably discussed. 

Bro. Benn announced that Bro. Briggs, of Suf- 
folk, would go on the road again within the next 
few days as a Local Organizer, etc, being em- 
powered with authority to solicit membership, chase 
the fleeting non, also to collect dues, if any brother 
should have been so forgetful of the duty he owes 
to his brothers and himself as to be in arrears. 
It was decided at our meeting in May to put a 
man on the road for this purpose, and Bro. Pat- 
terson, of Dinwiddle, was chosen as the man, but 
he having an agency, 'it was impossible for him to 
be relieved. When Bro. Briggs gets over the 
division we are going to have the swellest member- 
ship in this neck of the woods. See if we don't. 
He is one of the kind that knows no let-up. 

We have bad quite a number of new men to 
come in within the last thirty days. Application 
of Mr. J. E. Banzet, night owl at Ridgeway, was 
handed in, and when the third Saturday night in 
July rolls around, he expects to be on hand as a 
brother. His O. R. T. ism is of the right brand. 

Glad to hear our friend Hunt, at Bowers Hill, 
has come in. Knew he'd come 'round all right. 

Welt, the fight over the eight-hour law for the 
Old North State is on, and is being waged with 
fury by the railroads and the people. About a 
thousand telegrams were received by the Cor- 
poration Commission at Raleigh yesterday, from all 
parts of the State, and from men in all kinds of 
business, urging the Commissioners to enforce the 
law a* passed by the legislature. This shows very 
plainly where the people stand. And is it any 
wonder? One of the telegrams read: "Enough 
lives have been sacrificed on the altar of greed." 
The matter is to be continued before the Com- 
mission on Monday, and it will probably be sev- 
eral days before we will know the outcome of the 
affair whether the will of the people is to be 
heeded, or whether "Mammon" will rule. But these 
old Ur-heels have a way of hanging on (Ur is 
awfully sticky, you know), and it will not be sur- 
prising to many if we don't hold our own. It was 
really pitiful the way Mr. Justice put it up to some 
of the "High and Mighties." One well-known official 
of the Southern actually admitted that he thought 
there was one office on his division that ought to 
have eight-hour tricks. Another funny break they 
made was when a lawyer for the Seaboard stated 
that at Norlina there were as many as 25 train 
orders handled per day, when, in fact, the two 
men there, working twelve hours each, handle any- 
where from one hundred and twenty-five to two 
hundred and twenty-five train orders per day. 
Rather a bit behind in his information, wasn't he? 

It was decided at our laat meeting to have a 
banquet on the third Saturday night in July, in- 

viting our worthy superintendent, train master and 
chief dispatcher to be present. So, slick up, and 
be on hand to give them a royal welcome. 

By the way, had any of you noticed the con- 
spicuous absence of "record suspensions" for the 
past few months? There's a reason. 

Now, boys, where is the news you promised? 
Not a line have I received. 

Mr. M. B. Garriss has been appointed agent at 
Margarettsville, vice D. G. Stutz, who has gone 
to Tidewater. Understand Mr. Garriss is willing 
and anxious to meet our organizer half way. 

Bro. F. O. Cumming waa one of the Committee 
on Subordinate Diviaions at the convention. We 
feel honored by this compliment to one of our 
home members. 

It seems that our half brothers, or cousins, or 
whatever relation they are to us, have at last de- 
cided to wake up and demand their rights. I 
refer to the C. T. U. boys. Understand they went 
on strike yesterday in Frisco and Oakland, and 
that they are to go out in Chicago today. If they 
will only have the backbone to stand pat, there is 
no question as to what the result will be. 

Now, let us all pull together for the solid 
organization of our craft; come out and attend the 
meetings and make your wants and wishes known 
to others. This will help your General Conunittee 
when they go up to interview the officials in Sep- 
tember. Div. Co«. 

Birmingham Divition — 

We arc anxiously waiting for meeting day. 
Hope every one will be on hand and we will en- 
deavor to have an interesting meeting. We want 
to get in line so we will be able to do something 
when our Committee goes to Portsmouth. 

The following changes have taken place: 

Bro. Holder from Piedmont to Aragon as agent. 

Bro. Heaton, Rockmart, left the service. Re- 
lieved by Mr. Kipp, who promises to be a brother 

Mr. Penwell, new night man at Piedmont, says 
he will come in soon. 

Bro. Love, our Local Chairman, Jacksonville, 
we understand is figuring on a change. 

Bro. Sproul, Stilesboro, passed through the other 
day from a trip to Columbus. 

Bro. Brown at Wellington days. 

Mr. Cantrell, agent at Rockmart, has resigned 
to take a better position with the claim depart- 
ment Relieved by cashier, Mr. Dowling. 

Bro. Ausbom, Rockmart, is busy decorating his 
office and looking out for nons. 

Understand Bro. Levins, "BH" office, Birming- 
ham, has resigned. Sorry to lose him. 

Mr. Sullivan, third trick dispatcher, Birming- 
ham, has left us. 

Our superintendent, Mr. Waite, happened to a 
little accident at Rockmart, while getting an the 
train, and was bruised up, but glad to see him out 

Am looking for all of you at Piedmont on the 
J3d. "Fattt." 

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Sixth Division — 

Never before has thit division bad taj more 
interesting news to tell our fellow members than 
this time. Last Sunday, May 36th, all the boys 
who could get off went to WUdwood and bad a 
meeting, at irhicb our Local Chairman, Bro. J. E. 
Bradford, was present. We bad a good time and 
a good meeting and enjoyed absence from the 
office for a few hours. Members south of Wild- 
wood went on No. 66 and returned on No. 43. 
Those on the Orlando branch went on No. s66 
and returned on No. 343 that evening. We had 
one member from north of Wildwood. This boy 
has what should be called "get up, pluck and vim" 
when it comes to attending an O. R. T. meeting. 
This was Bro. Ricketson, from Summerfield. He, 
with the assistance of two other men, pulled a 
lever car from Summerfield to Wildwood and re- 
turned that night the same way. 

If all the boys on this line were as anxious to 
attend meetings as he, we would always have a 
good crowd. After arriving at Wildwood, we got 
dinner, and then returned to the office, where 
Bros. Padgett and Bradford bad arranged seats, 
and everything for our comfort. 

The doors were closed and we started business. 
Not a member there had ever been in a meeting 
^fore. We made a good start, though. Bro. 
Padgett was nominated first, and elected to act as 
Secretary of the meeting. The roll call was as 

Bros. E. J. Dozier, Orlando; S. B. Vining, Plant 
City; J. L Williams, Tavares; R. A. McMahan, 
Dade Oty; L A. Hogan, Abbott, W. T. Berry, 
Apopka, L. F. Stewart, Zellwood, J. F. Ricketson, 
Summerfield; J. E. Bradford and B. K. Padgett, 
of Wildwood. 

The meeting was then opened and every one 
had a chance to say what they thought. 

One of the most important things discussed was 
that of our present schedule. The boys on the 
branch seem to have a hard time to get all the 
overtime that is coming to them, the superintend- 
ent claiming that they are not held for telegraph 
duties, and can not allow the overtime when they 
are held just to perform agent's duties in meeting 
a train after their day's work is over. 

It was the wish of all present that we have a 
nine-hour day and a I50 minimum, and each teleg- 
rapher to be furnished an annual pass over the 
division on which they work. 

After requesting Bros. Dozier and McMahan to 
give a write-up in Tua Tilscrapuu, the meeting 
was dosed, with the understanding that we hold 
another meeting some time before Bro. Bradford 
goes to Portsmouth to make our new schedule. 
He will set the date and let each member know. 
He will also hold a meeting at Waldo some time 
soon, to be with the boys on the north end and 
Cedar Key branch. All who can should attend 
these meetings. They are interesting and bene- 

Since Bro. Bradford's election as Local Chair- 
man, he has received seven new applications for 
membership. Bro. Hays, at Bushnell, has re- 
enlisted, he having let his dues get behind and 
fallen from grace. 

Bro. Brandon, who was formerly at Tampa days, 
is now working days at new yard office, Jackson- 
ville. We also miss Bro. Harvard from the bag- 
gage car and have located him working nights at 
new yard office, Jacksonville. We miss him on the 
run, but wish him well in the office. 

By our next meeting we want every telegrapher 
between Jacksonville and Tampa, including all the 
branches, to bold membership; then we can get 
anything in reason when our Local Chairman goes 
before the management for our new schedule. Fall 
in line, boys, and be with us. Most of you have 
promised to join, now, don't go back on your word, 
and it is my opinion that you will never regret it. 
The Mutual Benefit Department can not be beat 
for cost and value. It's as good as gold, and 
cheap, too. Some of the members are married 
and should carry insurance for the protection of 
their families. Others should carry it because 
they are likely to be benedicts some day, and if 
not, they have a mother or sister that should 
have it. 

Members attending the next meeting should rc- 
qust their passes at least ten days in advance, as 
sometimes the superintendent is not at his office, 
and no passes left countersigned by him. This 
was the case this time, and some of the boys had 
to pay fare. Cut. 37$. 

Erie Ry. 

SusquthttHHO Division — 

We want your due*. 

We want your dues, 

We want your dues, we do; 

We want your dues, we want your dues, because 

Your dues are due. 

The meeting at Elroira, N. Y., Wednesday even- 
ing, June 8th, was well attended, it being the first 
time that the Local Board has been fully repre- 
sented at a meeting in some time. In order that 
the members might receive the report of our rep- 
resentative to the national convention, some im- 
portant business was laid on the table and will be 
taken up at the next meeting. 

Besides several members of Division 42, there 
were present Bro. C. R. Elliott, of Division 130, 
and Bro. Victor Hadley, of Division 8. The meet- 
ings of late have been quite well attended, no 
doubt due to the individual interest that is being 
taken — an important feature in the life and 
effectiveness of our Order. 

While we are congratulating ourselves nation- 
ally, we should take a look at our subdivision here 
at home. I think it safe to say that more buttons 
are being worn, and more good men are working 
for the advancement of their fellow-workers on 
this division, than ever before in the several lives 
the O. R. T. has seen on the Erie. 

While there are a few who find it easier to 
be carried on our shoulders than to walk with the 
buncb, we do not always expect this of them, but 
hope some day they may be able to at least sup- 
port themselves. 

The latest to receive initiation in the O. R. T. 
are T. W. Harrington, H. S. Owen, W. P. Morgan 
and G. W. Chichester. 

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Accordins to reports, aome of thcK woold-be'f 
are with us heart and soul, and from the hot 
talk they hand our organizers, they evidently turn 
their lungs over to the O. R. T. at times, but as 
near as we can find out, they not only take all 
they can grab at the present, but are looking for 
a further graft in the future. If one is of the 
opinion that it is impossible to be a member of 
the O. R. T. and work at a dispatcher's office, they 
should look around some and get that foolish 
notion from within their noodle. No doubt the 
members of this division consider themselves 
equally as confident of handling and conducting 
themselves as men, as those who are without the 
ranks. I haven't the least doubt of this. 

For the benefit of the members of the O. R. T. 
Division 42, a new roster has been issued by our 
chief dispatcher, J. A. Healey, which, as far as I 
can learn, is correct, except the record of three 
men entering the service in 1899 appearing 1890. 
This, no doubt, will be generally understood, and 
corrections made accordingly. The Tioga Di- 
vision roster also bears one error, which has been 

It is hoped a good attendance may be had at 
Elmira July 18th, as some very important busi- 
ness will need the attention of the full membership, 
and it is expected that we will have a member of 
the General Committee from the East and West 
with us. 

Several changes have taken place during the 
last two months and it is reported that a small 
shake-up is in tight. 

M. Sheedy, of "K," Great Bend, Pa., days, has 
resigned. Bro. Geo. O'Neill worked the day trick 
until advertised. 

W. P. Morgan, of the extra list, has been 
assigned "GZ," Hickory Grove, and removed his 
family there from Corning. 

The boys of this division will be pleased to 
learn that Bro. T. F. Pickley has secured a day 
position on the S. P. at Conton, Cal. 

F. S. Coleman has taken "BS," Smithboro 
nights, and J. P. Conroy assigned "XY," Waverly 

King gave up the trick in "V," Hornell and 
took "AP," Adrian days. 

Bro. Sherman, of "AQ," was absent on account 
of measles in his family. We are glad to see Bro. 
S. back at work. Walbridge relieved Sherman, 
and Bro. Barkalow worked the day trick at "RX" 
with Bro. Spencer nights. 

Reeder, at "BF," Big Flats, was off one day, 
relieved by Ryan, of "FG." 

Bro. Kelliherk, after working twenty-four hours, 
was relieved by Condon. 

Bro. Knickerbocker, of "DI," Addison, took a 
vacation of ten days, relieved by Bro. Monahan, 
of "IX," Erwins. 

Bro. Victor Hadley has returned to service on 
the Erie and is working extra at Adrian; also 
Bro. R. W. Morley, working extra for Canisteo. 
We expect these brothers to transfer to Division 

L. N. Rockefeller has been transferred from 
Horoell to Rochester, where he takes position of 

Chief dispatcher of latter division. It goes with- 
out saying that he will make good. 

The annual ten day vacation for dispatchers 
commenced June 4. Those who receive vacations 
this year are Varien, DeLancey, Smith, Fahey, 
Walker and Williams. Peter Donnelly is doing 
the extra dispatching and delivers the goods. 

It is reported that C. W. Beebe, of "QZ," 
Addison, has only three or four students now, 
one for each bell, and one for the levers is all 
that is seemingly necessary. E. W. Francis, of 
"GY," Kirkwood, who is also reported teaching, 
has promised to turn over as soon as the student 
gets tired of remitting him five dollars a month. 
The student is E. Z. Mark. 

Bro. Harry Owen expects to spend the summer 
at "YA" and Coney. 

Bro. Frank McEntee, of "BG," Blossburg, was 
off some time in June on account of relatives 
being ill. He was relieved by Bro. Seth Palmer. 

Bro. Stevens was absent four days and attended 
the meeting at Elmira. Bro. Stevens is the ticket 
agent at Tioga Junction. 

Among the new ones who have taken position* 
with us are M. J. Derrig, formerly manager W. 
U. at Warsaw, N. Y.; J. D. Collins, of Owego. 
and J. J. White, son of Bro. White, at "B,"" 

We hear that our former associates, M. J. 
Carmody and T. F. Hanrahan, are located in the 
West, Bro. Carmody at Wasatch, Utah, and Han- 
rahan at Clark City, Utah. We wish them the 
best financial success. 

M. Dewitt, of "XU," Sing Sing, has an auto- 
mobile. It is no wonder he has no time for the 
O. R. T. 

Jno. N. Cossattee has resigned his position of 
telegrapher at "UJ," West Cameron nights, and 
will seek service elsewhere. 

Let us work for better conditions by giving good 
service, watching our brother's card and seeing 
that it is ever up-to-date. A little individual effort 
on your part and it will soon be "no card, no 
favors." A. E. M. 

Mahoning Ditfuion — 

At Kent, Ohio, on Saturday night, June is, a 
grand meeting was held in K. of P. ball. The 
Local Chairmen from Cincinnati Division, Mead- 
ville Division and Mahoning Division being pres- 
ent, with quite a number of brothers from their 
respective divisions. During the time of the meet- 
ing, quite a number of B. & O. telegraphers, mem- 
bers of Division 33, came in, and not only helped 
to increase the number present, but took part in 
suggesting ways and means for the good of the 
profession. Our General Chairman, Bro. Frank N. 
Hall, was there, and as Bro. Hall had recently 
put bis whiskers on paper, some of the boys had 
to look the second time to be sure it was he. 
While Bro. Hall had changed in facial expression, 
he had not changed one iota at heart, which he 
very readily demonstrated when given the floor, 
briefly reviewing convention doings and oftering 
suggestions for our future conduct. All the brothers 
expressed their pleasure on account of being pres- 

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ent The stxent members misaed the thrittiog 
enthusiasm which the gathering created. 

The news items which jrour correspondent has 
been able to gather are as follows: 

B. H. Funk, of Litterary street yard office days, 
is off for two weeks, relieved by night man, W. 
C. McGhee, and extra man, J. Finnegan, on nights. 

Garrettsrillc nights was bid in by C H. Fitch. 

Ray Cassidy, from Pulaski nights, to "SN" 
tower days, Leavittsburg. 

W. D. Watson, at Pulaski nights. 

J. J. Ryan from Niles nights to Oak street, at 
Yotmgstown,- days. 

W. C. Morrell gets Niles nights. 

J. L. Johnson, of "BR" tower, days, has left 
the service and his brother, F. E. Johnson, of 
"BR" tower nights, has bid in Hubbard tower 
nights. "BR" advertised, day and night 

C. G. Perry, of Hubbard, days, has gone west 
to try some of the roads west of the Mississippi. 

F. E. Brooks at Hubbard at present time. 

L. W. HoSmaster, of Hubbard nighu, also left 
the service, going west to try his fortunes. 

J. W. Terry, from Warren days, to Youngstown 

R. G. Burdett, of "G" tower, Salem, is off, 

E. B. Van Werst, who was working at Phalanx 
nights, had his left hand badly lacerated while 
going home to Youngstown on a freight train one 
morning. It is not thought that be will lose the 

M. G. Donaldson, of Mahoning, has gone to the 
Jamestown Exposition. Relieved by J. A. Aston, 
day man at "MA" tower, Mahoning. Aston re- 
lieved by his night man, and H. B. Cutlip on at 
■"MA" tower nights. 

H. H. Hatch, former night man at Garrettsville, 
has gone to the Jamestown Exposition. M. C. 
Billig, of Sharon freight house, has accepted a 
position as clerk there, and "ON" office is ad- 

Clair Bush, of De Forest tower, was off, sick, 
four or five days, relieved by F. E. Brooks. 

Now, don't forget to come to the regular monthly 
meeting at Warren, which is held the last Saturday 
night of each month in K. of G. E. hall, over the 
Union National Bank, corner Market street and 
Park avenue. Drv. Co«. 

ButFalo DtvitioH — 

In sending in items always make them as brief 
as possible, as oftentimes our space is limited and 
a part will not be printed, to your disappointment. 
So bear this in mind and always have them ready 
to send in early, as they must be in the editor's 
hands not later than the s8th of the month. 

Cert. 201, Local Correspondent. 

Bro. Lawton, of Goodyear Junction, bid in, and 
has taken the agency at Blasdell, N. Y. 

Bro. Slater, of Hamburg nights, has been con- 
fined to his home for the past few weeks with the 

Helper Frank Whipple, of South Dayton, made 
his debut recently, being sent to North Collins 
nights, and more recently to Hamburg, in place 
of Bro. Slator. He is doing fairly well and we 

expect to see him wearing a button as soon as he 
is eligible. 

Bro. Aldrich, of Cherry Creek, recently sent to 
"DM" for a few nighU, in place of Bro. TaSt, 
Helper Comwell doing the night stunt at Cherry 
Creek m the absence of Bro. Aldrich. 

North Collins nights has been closed for sev- 
eral weeks on account of no men on the extra 
board. Recently this office and Cherry Creek were 
closed nights. 

Goodyear Junction has been abandoned, which 
takes Bro. Warner elsewhere. 

A new tower has been placed at the target at 
Blasdell, but is not yet in operation. C. B. Stur- 
divent, now at Blasdell nights, bid in the day 
trick. Bro. Reed was the successful bidder for 
the night trick. With this shift in view, it will 
make the agency at that point a more desirable 
position, owing to the fact that it will relieve the 
agent of the block work. 

We arc sorry to hear of the death of Bro. 
Lenahan's mother, which occurred recently. We 
one and all extend our sincere sympathy to this 
bereaved brother in bis time of loss and sorrow. 

We "23" that the closing of Goodyear Junction 
ofBce and the opening of the new position at Blas- 
dell will take effect July ist, leaving Bro. Warner 
on the extra list once more. 

Bro. Auldrich is off at the present writing on 
account of sickness in his family. Hope con- 
ditions will warrant his return soon. 

Bro. Tafft also reported off on account of sick- 
ness. Understand the case is not serious and that 
he will be back in a few days. 

Brothers, do not throw the letter away which 
you received from President Perbam under date 
of June loth, but get busy and give him the de- 
sired information. 

Perhaps there are no telegraphers in your town 
that have given up the occupation of telegrapher 
for some far more luxurious position, hut no 
doubt you know of some in your circle of acquain- 
tances that have done so. How many times have 
you bad some one come up to the window and say. 
"I did that same thing once for a living, but 
couldn't live, 50 I chose something else." There 
is any number of them throughout the country, 
but, brothers, that class of men never laid a 
straw in the path of the grand old O. R. T. The 
students that we hear each day on the line is 
what is hurting our profession. We should rid 
ourselves of them as soon as possible, keep down 
the surplus, and in due time we will gain that 
long sought for point, viz., $75- Suppose that 
one of these students should cause some accident 
on the line; who would the company or the Inter- 
state Commerce Commission hold responsible? 
Not the student, but the telegrapher who was 
teaching the art of telegraphy. 

The O. R. T. was instituted for the protection 
of the telegrapher actually employed, and we 
should endeavor by every means possible to keep 
it up to the present standard, and better it at 
every possible chance. And, brothers, those 
chances are many, if we would only take advan- 
tage of them when they present themselves. 

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Lima and Chicago Divitioni — 

News item* are rather scarce at this writing, but 
the O. R. T. is becoming more popular than ever 
on this end of the Erie. 

Bro. Bridge reports 148 new members added to 
Division 4a since January 1, 1907, and C. & E. 
has furnished 20 of these. 

Bro. Shipley gets the blues if he can't send in 
at least two applications per month.. If the 
brothers will all get busy, as they have the oppor- 
tunity, we will be practically solid by March, 1908, 
when the new nine-hour law becomes effective. 
The telegraphers will need a new schedule at that 
time to conform with the shorter hours without 
getting the short end of it financially . 

If the brothers will send their TsLECKArHca to 
some non when through with it, it will surely 
have a good effect, for a review of the work of 
the Order in securing favorable legislation in many 
States will teach them that the O. R. T. is their 
friend at all times. Eight-hour laws in West 
Virginia, Texas and Arkansas are noted in the 
June issue of the journal; also six new or revised 

Among those who have recently joined us are 
Bros. E. F. McDowell, C. A. Burri^ C. K Sen- 
nett, Z. M. McDowell, C. O. Hamilton, George L. 
Overmeyer and G. W, Mehrling, and several more 
are coming in the 14th of July. 

Bro. John Thatcher is on the sick list. Relieved 
by Bro. Dempster at Lima Depot. 

Bro. J. S. Witt is again answering the extra 
calls on the Erie, after quite a long absence. 
Glad to see him back. 

Bro. Newhard, formerly agent at Preble, has 
resigned to accept service with the Buckeye Pipe 
Line Co. at the same place. 

There have been some five or six increases in 
wages granted on this division, which have been 
pending since March. Even the D. T. & I. have 
come up with their share at "SJ." 

"Constant dripping will wear away stone," 'tis 

L. C. Coomler is back at his old place, "SJ" 
tower, and will have the proper credentials in the 
near future. 

Night vacancy at Simpson advertised June 30, 
and if the new man is not up-to-date, he soon will 
be. Bro. Hill will convert him in short order. 

Well, brothers, if you know of from one to a 
dozen items which would fit into this column, 
please send them to your Division Correspondent, 
or the Local Chairman, and he will bunch them up 
and mail them about the aoth of each month, and 
it will make this column interesting to all C. & E. 
brothers, many of whom can't attend our meetings. 

Ckbt. 9. 

Allegheny Division — 

Here are a few questions I desire to ask each 
one of you. Questions you can answer to your- 
self. Are you behind with your dues? If so, 
why? Are you working with a non-member of 
the organization, or is there one working at 
another station near you? Have you ever ex- 
plained to him the object of our organization; 
what it has accomplished on this s}rstem during 

the past five years, and its future hopes? Have 
you furnished him with application papers and in- 
vited him to become a member? If not. Why? 
You all -pay your board, your rent, and your 
grocery bill, your butcher and your laundry bills, 
is it because you are compelled to do so, or is it 
because it is right and just that they be paid? If 
it be right and just that these bills be settled, is it 
any less right or just that the amount due your 
organization should be met promptly, or is it 
neglected because there is no legal compulsion 
behind this indebtedness? Is your landlord, your 
grocery man or your butcher doing anything 
toward building up your working conditions and 
rates of pay? Have any of the above named per- 
sons during the past five years we have been 
organized on this system ever given you anything 
or in any way helped to advance your rates of 
pay or helped toward a betterment of the con- 
ditions surrounding your employment? Ha* Di- 
vision No. 42, Order of Railroad Telegraphers 
during the past five years done anything for you 
■ in this line? Answer these questions honestly and 
conscientiously and act accordingly. Division 4* 
is willing to abide by these results. If you honestly 
and candidly do not believe in union principles, 
and that our organization has not benefited yon 
during the five years we have been organized on 
this system, and are not therefore justly entitlec* 
to your support, both morally and financially, 
then write the Grand Secretary and Treasurer 
requesting a withdrawal card, stating your reasons 
for withdrawing from the organization. If, on 
the other hand, you believe in union principles, 
realize what has and what will be accomplished 
on this system, then settle up and quit playing the 
boy. The size of it is, we must get out of knee 
pants and be men. To you who have never held 
membership; to you who have allowed yourselvek 
to become a delinquent, why is it necessary for 
another who has no more interest than yourself, 
to come to you and try to show you that the only 
way to bring about the object we are trying for 
is by you nons coming in and you delinquents 
coming back? Why cannot one man as well as 
another see that until we, one and all, can say 
we are brothers fraternally, we can never attain 
the goal that we are striving for. Now, boy«, 
wake up, and figure on what we are to do to 
protect ourselves and put ourselves in a position 
to make our bread and butter more sure. I hope 
each member will put forth every effort to make 
this division solid O. R. T. Csbt. 262. 

The Chicago, Cincinnati A Louisville Ry. 

As I failed to forward items in time for the 
journal last month, will come again. 

Have been drilling away on the few and scat- 
tered nons on this end, and hope to have them 
all with us in a short time. 

Everybody should keep wide awake and see that 
his neighbor carries an up-to-date card, and not 
depend on one or two to look after them alt. 

It is very gratifying to see the interest the boys 
are displaying towards solid organization on this 
line since the good cause was started. 

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Am sorry to uy we have not enough nit^t men 
on tbe road to hold a meeting, a< I think there 
is more accomplished at one meeting than in two 
months' correspondence. 

Bra Johnson, General Chairman, has just re- 
turned from Minneapolis, where he has been -at- 
tending tbe convention. 

Bro. Bricc has been transferred to "CO" 
agency, Bro. Rice going to Peru as cashier. 

New man at Maiden. Understand he carries 
an up-to-date card. 

Have forwarded the necessary papers to Louis- 
ville Junction and hope to have day man, Mr. 
Harley with us in a few days. 

Bro. Barter, G. S. & A., has accepted the ticket 
agency at Cincinnati. 

Now is tbe time, boys, to get your dues in, so 
don't let any one become delinquent, as we have 
the road in good shape now and want to keep it 
so from this on. Local Chairman. 

Northern Paciflo Ry. 

St. Paul Division — 

There has been quite a bit of moving on the SL 
Paul Division in the last month. 

Mr. Daggart went to the new dispatcher's office 
at Fargo, N. D. 

Mr. Mack, from Royalton nights, to Little Falls 

Telegrapher Holgren from Lincoln nights to 
Royalton nights. 

Mr. Rumerich to Lincoln nights, and from there 
to Gregory nights. 

Telegrapher Gantz from Gregory nights to 
Lincoln nights, and Mr. Staples from Lincoln to 
Glenwood nights, where they have opened a night 

There are quite a few students on the liiie. At 
Philbrook is one, at Royalton another, and Randall 
is a regular "bam factory." Mr. M. E. Ehr, the 
agent there, is not content to have the company 
send him out students, but has to call in the 
fanner hoys to teach them. He must need their 
money pretty badly. 

There is a new night man at Brainerd. 

Onr old train master, J. E. Craver, has been 
promoted to superintendent of the new division, 
and our old chief dispatcher was promoted to 
train master here. Tbe night chief is now chief 
dispatcher. They all have our best wishes in their 
new positions. 

If you have not yet sent in your dues, do so at 

Our committee will be in conference with tbe 
management by the time this is in print. 

Cbbt. 4(7. 

YMomtoHt Division — 

Bro. Halfwassen now working days at Custer. 

Bra Hatfield resumes bis position as day man 
at Richardton after a vacation with the folks in 

Bro. Stillwell from Gladstone days to Waco, 
Mont., days. 

Telegrapher Larsen, nights at Gladstone, prom- 
ises to be witb ns when the ghost walks again. 

Bro. Pope got tired of tbe seemingly remote 
prairie life at Hodges, and is now day man at 

"Little Russia," or as it is customarily called. 

Bro.' Paukette, of Forsythe, has resigned, we 
hear. Wher'er be goes, may luck go with him. 

Taylor has been made a night office, witb Bro. 
Griffin on the night trick. 

Any farmer nowadays will be seen wearing one 
of the prettiest smiles ever as a result of the very 
flattering weather conditions, which insures a 
bumper crop. 

Blind sidings. Marmot and Knowlton, on the 
First District, have been changed to Lyons and 
Boyle respectively. 

Bro. Murray has just returned from a trip to 
the Sunny South. 

Our committee is in conference at Hotel Foley, 
St. Paul, at this writing. Each brother should 
endeavor to remit his dues without a moment's 
delay, thereby avoiding the necessity of our Chair- 
man asking the members for a special assessment 
in order to meet tbe required expenses of the com- 
mittee while before the managenicnt. 


Canadian Northern Railway. 

Another month has rolled around and summer 
is again with us, witb the usual amount of busi- 
ness, and as usual every one wanting a vacation 
at the same time. 

June 30th is near at hand and I would remind 
all the members of this division that we have a 
substantial committee working for us, and we have 
tbe promise of a much improved working schedule, 
and every member can be a great help to our com. 
mittee if they will only remember that the dues 
for next term are due and to remit promptly. Do 
not wait to be asked for same; remit at once, and 
this will help our men to show just how strong we 
are on this pike. An up-to-date card can work 
more wonders than a week's hot talk. 

The majority of the boys on this end appear to 
be asleep as far as anything pertaining to O. R. 
T. work was concerned, but I am very much 
pleased to see that there is an awakening, and as 
a result, quite a number of new members have 
been added to our division, and others coming in 
that heretofore have hardly known that there was 
such a thing as organization in this part of the 

Any member having news of interest to the di- 
vision should send same to me without delay, so 
that it can be forwarded to the journal in time for 
each month. 

Now, boys, don't forget June 30th. Get your 
dues into the hands of tbe Secretary-Treasurer 
and get that new card. It is a dandy, and worth 
a month's pay to have handy in case some one 
might want to have a look at it some time when 
you are in a strange land. I have had the ex- 
perience and know how it feels to be welcomed 
as a brother, and knew 1 was welcome all because 
of that little bit of card. It's a wonder worker. 

Div. Coa. 

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Missouri Pacific Ry. 

Stdatia Diiirict — 

I have been criticized quite severely by tome of 
the brother* on the Missouri Pacific, being called 
too conservative, scared, etc, and I understand 
that one official of the company made the state- 
ment, or remark, that Wilmarth was getting scared. 
I wish, through the coltunnt of Tax TiunaArHn, 
to explain my position to the boys, and show them 
jutt where I stand. 

The reason for this adverse criticism was this: 
Our eight-hour law, which was to have taken 
effect June 141 being ignored by the company, 
caused a few of the boys to become so angry that 
they took things into their own hands, not waiting 
until the matter could be taken up intelligently, 
and concerted action taken. I came to work one 
morning and found that a few of the night men 
on one division had refused to work after three 
a. UL, or after they had worked eight hours, while 
those on the other divisions bad continued to work 
the regular hours, and I was advised that the day 
men on the same division were going to quit work 
at three o'clock p. m. 

I immediately sent a telegram to all telegraphers 
on that division asking them to continue to work 
their regular hours until the matter could be ad- 
justed in the proper manner. 

The first mail to arrive at my station after send- 
ing this telegram certainly woke me up, and I 
have been receiving so many letters since that 1 
believe additional mail clerks bad to be placed on 
some trains. 

I do not blame the boys for being exceedingly 
angry, as they have been waiting and planning for 
several months, thinking their lot would not Be 
quite so hard after June 14th, but I do blame them 
just a trifle, for being loo impulsive. 

The position I take is this: If the majority of 
the telegraphers in Missouri are willing and ready 
to enforce the eight-hour law (and it does not 
appear to me that any one else is making any 
effort to do so) I would suggest that the proper 
officials of the Order get together immediately, 
set a date for the eight-hour law to take effect, 
and notify the different officials of railroads 
traversing the State. If this is done, I will spend 
my time and money and make every effort posslole 
to make it a success. 

I do not think there would be any doubt about 
our winning the day, and T will show some of the 
brothers, as well as the official referred to above, 
that I am no quitter, and not so easily scared as 
they seem to imagine. 

I was opposed to five or six men quitting at a 
time, a* it was detrimental to the interests of the 
Order, and would do more harm than good. 

Anything worth doing is worth douig well, and 
I, for one, say if we strike, let us strike bard. 
Any time will suit me — today, tomorrow or next 
week. The sooner the better as far as I am con- 
cerned. I suppose now the brothers who have not 
already criticized me will take the other side and 
call me an agitator, but I would much prefer being 
called an agitator than a scare. 

I hope that after reading this the boys will 
see just where I stand, and I also hope that steps 

will be taken to put the eight-hour law into effect 
immediately, by peaceable means if possible, but if 
not, otherwise. Fraternallly, 


Stdalia District — 

Bro. McOure, formerly agent at Sherman, se- 
cured the agency at Nelson, and was relieved at 
Sherman by Bro. Haub, of Boles, who was in 
turn relieved by Bro. Cole, of Bonnotts Mill. 

Bro. Cole was relieved at Bonnotts Mill by a 
man named Doody, whom we all know. 

Bro. Brewington gets the agency at Labadie, 
succeeding Bro. Doman. 

Bro. Shain, formerly of Bunceton, has accepted 
the exclusive agency at Independence, Mo. 

Bro. Shade, formerly agent at Nelson, gets the 
exclusive agency at Pleasant Hill. 

Bro. Dickerson, day man at Pacific, is eating 
strawberries in South Missouri, being relieved by 
night telegrapher, Bro. Cromer, who is being re- 
lieved by Bro. Hoover, of Division No. 2. 

Agent G. D. Barnes, at Washington, is taldag 
a ninety days' leave of absence, and is being 
relieved by Bro. Wood. Bro. Wood is being re- 
lieved aa day telegrapher by Bro. Walkley. Bro. 
Burlingame is doing the night trick in Bro. Walk- 
ley's place. 

Bro. Heinlce, telegrapher at Hermann for the 
laat thirty year*, is now the proud possessor of 
an O. R. T. buttotu And we are proud to ace 
Bro. Heinke wearing it, too. 

Bro. Canfield, agent at Gasconade, has returned 
to work after a thirty days' leave of absence. 
Hard to tell who relieved him during his absence, 
as there were five different men there while he 
was off. 

Bro. Caasiday, agent Chamois, has returned to 
work after thirty days' leave of absence. He was 
relieved by night telegrapher, Bro. Duncan, who 
was relieved by E. F. Mau*. 

Bro. Glynn, night man at Kirkwood, has re- 
turned after a thirty days' leave of absence. He 
was relieved by Bro. Haney, who has now left 
the service. 

Bro. L. M. Nance, our General Chairman, has 
accepted a position in "GR" office, St. Louis. We 
are very glad to hear this, as we will make him 
assist us in looking after the boys in the terminals. 
We will use him aa an Assistant Local Chairman. 

Bro. Nance relieved telegrapher Welah, who 
goes to the Frisco. Hope the Frisco boys will 
have better luck with him than I did. 

Agent Martens, agent Gray's Summit, has re- 
turned to duty after a three weeks' vacation. He 
was relieved by J. C Farrell, who take* the agency 
at Lupus temporarily. 

Farris, agent at Lamonte, is off few days ac- 
count the death of hia mother. He i* being 
relieved by Laws, night man at Knobnoster. 

Bro. Dore has resigned the agency at Knob- 
noster, and is succeeded by Bro. L. O. Kennedy, 
of Lupus. 

Bro. Smythe, at Warrensborg, has all arrange- 
ments made for a trip to the old country. He 
expects to start early in July and visit England 

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and Ireland. Bra. Smythe liv«d in Ireland the 
first fifteen years of bis existence. 

During my absence, in the month of May, I was 
relieved by Bro. McClain, regular night man, and 
he in turn was relieved by Telegrapher Clifford, 
aifford's application will be in soon. 

Bro. Weitzel was off a few days, and was re- 
lieved by Bro. Hoban, who was relieved by M. 
H. Cook. 

Bro. Popplewell is now doing the night stunt at 
Little Blue. 

J. E. Farrell, night man at Boonville, and R. 
E. Williams, night man at Lupus, have sent in 
their applications and will he wearing a button 

Bro. F. L True, "DA," Sedalia, has resigned, 
and the vacancy bulletined, but none of the boys 
seem in a harry to take the job. If they are look- 
ing for work, they will find it in "DA." 

Were it not for the assistance of Bro. Crockett, 
at Boonville, and Bro. Wood, at Waahington, I 
would be unable to write up the district, as the 
boys all seem to be too busy to notify me of the 
changes at their respective stations. 

I work twelve hours every day, and write from 
three to six letters almost orery night, and it 
does seem as if they might take time after work- 
ing hours to write three lines once or twice a 
month, and keep me posted in regard to the news 
at their stations. 

If I get an eight-hour trick here, I expect to 
write from 4 p. m. until 10 p. m. every night, and 
I will promise the nons that they will he kept 
plentifully supplied with reading matter. 

One more say, and I am done. One of my boys 
came near getting into serious trouble last month 
by trying to fight his grievance out with the officials 
instead of telling me hia troubles. If you have any 
troubles, send them to me and I will try and 
straighten them out for you. I have troubles of 
my own, but it is my duty to bear your bnrdena 
also, and I will handle them to the best of my 
abUhy. W. L W. 

How To Win Ih* Nons— 

I wish I knew the exact number of nons that 
we have on the "Windy" branch of the Missouri 
Pacific; but as I am a new member, I do not know. 
I believe that a great many of the boys who are not 
in, or who do not remain in all the time, could 
be induced to do so by the Chairman, if his trips 
over the line could be made a little oftener. I 
had a conversation with one of the oldest and 
best employes in the service not long ago, and he 
informed me that he is a strong believer in the 
Order, and his intention is to be a member at all 
times, but said that he was as often a non as 
otherwise for the reason that he forgets to pay 
bis dues at the proper time, which, while I admit 
that it is not a plausible excuse for not being up-to- 
date, shows that it is, indeed, a profitable thing, 
both for the Order and the members, for the 
Chairman to come over the line as often as his 
other duties will permit This member referred 

to, says that he always pays up when reminded 
of it 

If every non will read the journal he will find 
many things to encourage him to come into the 
Order, and if he is a fair-minded man, he will find 
many truths that will, or ahould, make him 
ashamed to remain a non. It would be a good 
idea, therefore, to mail the journal to them 
(the members can do this after they have read 

The editorial in the May number "makes a 
noise like encouragement" Read it. If the mem- 
bership has reached the "highest mark ever at- 
tained," and its "financial condition better than 
ever before in ita history," it occurs to me that 
"enthusiasm" has increased and the Order is the 
very thing every man who earns his living as a 
telegrapher should belong to. 

Read that letter from Allegheny Division, Cert 
No. 262, in the May journal, and I think you will 
be convinced that it is a good investment Lay 
aside that much for your dues, and, by all means, 
lay aside that unreasonable prejudice and come 
over on the right side. Cbbt. 1,098 

L. & S. Diviiion — 

Bro. F. D. Slaughter is relieving Bro. Roche 
nights at Rich Hill. 

Bro. C. M. Wood has resigned the agency at 
Sheldon, to take effect not later than July i, for 
the purpose of entering the employment of the 
Colorado Southern as agent at Fort Russell, Wyo. 

Bro. G. W. Miller, agent at Hannon, is on a 
vacation, being relieved by Mr. Gwinn. Gwinn 
has promised to come across with the necessary. 

Bro. G. A. Winters, late of Archer, has accepted 
the agency at Mound City, Bro. E. C. Giles going 
from Mound City to Liberal. 

Bro. Tom Shanks has taken the night trick at 
Lamar, Mr. Slater having bid in the day job. 

Position of day telegrapher at Pittsburg has 
been bulletined, but to date no one has bid it in. 

The position the railroad companies have taken 
in regard to the eight-hour law is causing nearly 
as much anxiety among the telegraphers as their 
attitude toward the a-cent fare law is among the 
people in general. We can't see any end to it 
except that in the end the railroads will he com- 
pelled to accept the conditions of the law. 

Any old time the State of Missouri can not 
enforce her eight-hour law with the help she can 
get, then we feel like we want t9 move on. It is not 
like a liquor law — there are too many in the State 
who are willing to help joint keepers violate the 
law just to get a drink of "booze," and that makes 
it bard to enforce the prohibition law. 

Say, boys, what do you do with your Tctsc- 
SAPHia when you have finished reading it? File 
it away for a keep-sake? Let me ask you if it 
wouldn't do more good to send it to some non 
than to let it lay and cover with dust As much 
as I value our beloved journal, I have not a single 
copy in my office. Try the plan of mailing it to 
some non. You will not miss the three cents in 
a hundred years from now. C. V. R. 

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While Rivtr Divition — 

Bro. A. G. DeGroff, nights at Bateaville, will 
go to Magnets Gravel Fit in a few days as teleg- 
rapher and timekeeper. A new office will be 
opened there while the steam shovel is in operation. 

Bro. W. H. Scott, formerly of the Frisco, has 
accepted the agency at O'Neal, vice Bro. Briggs, 
who has left for parts unknown. Bro. Scott is 
now numbered among the 3ters. 

Bro. W. E. Scott, at Sylamore, one of Bro. 
Holman's new converts, has given up the agency 
and will return to Galena for the present. 

Bro. H. F. Klotz, brother of our Local Chair- 
man, is now working the day trick at Crane, vice 
Bro. F. C. Mansfield, who is doing the stunts at 
Cotter days. 

Bro. A. C Nye, formerly from De Soto, Mo., 
is working a trick at Cotter. 

Bro. Hastings, of Ruth, has resigned and will 
seek new fields. He is relieved by Mr. H- E- 

Bro. J. R. Dudley has been assigned to the 
cashiership at Aurora. 

Bro. S. Reed has returned to Stotts City after 
a vacation of several weeks. 

The White River Division now has three non- 
members located on it. Guess who they are. We 
will give their names next time if they do not 
change their ways; but from the promises made, 
the number should be reduced, if not entirely 
wiped out. 

In the May number of the journal, Bro. C. M. 
Rice, of Bucyrus, I^ansas, was reported as a non 
member. This is a mistake. Bro. Rice is one of 
the old members of the Division, holding Cert. No. 
348, and has been in good standing continuously, 
and is an enthusiastic worker for the Order. 


Memphis Division — 

Local Chairman, Bro. Sechler, was over the 
Division, seeing the boys, a few days ago. He 
reports prospects good at St. Louis and matters 
under way for a revision. He picked up several 
nons en route. 

Sister Cordelia L. Worthen agent at Gavin, loses 
an hour's overtime daily on account of the change 
in her hours to 6 o'clock. 

Mr. O. Parker, at Vincent, will be with us in 
a pay day or so. He has been assigned to the 
agency at Haynes and will go there soon. 

At Crawfordsville, Mr. J. L. Taylor continues 
to make promises, but it is expected he will sur- 
render shortly. 

Bro. E. T. Jeffries has been transferred from 
Parkin to Memphis nights. He is relieved by Bro. 
J. A. Eickelberry, a new convert to the ranks of 


Pitte Bluff District— 

Bro. L. M. Williams has resigned nights at 
Winchester, and gone to Pine Bluff. I "13" he 
is in the furniture business. Bro. Williams was 
relieved by Bro. W. T. Roush, of C. B. & Q. 
Division 130. He was relieved by Telegrapher 
R. Finlay. 

Mr. Finlay promises to make good next pay 

Telegrapher H. W. Stewart has resigned nighu 
at Varner. Understand he is going to Texas to 
engage in farming. 

Bro. A. J. Graham had to double several night* 
on account of H. W. Stuart resigning. 

Bro. F. E. Samuel relieved Bro. M. P. Robarts 
as agent and telegrapher at Winchester. Bro. 
Robarts has gone to Texas with the I. & G. N. 
as night telegrapher at Encinal. 

We are all waiting for the eight-hour trick, 
but so far nothing doing in that line. 

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Well, brothers, how many of you are enjoying 
the benefit of the eight-hour law, recently passed 
in our State? It can be very easily answered in 
the negative by all of us, with possibly the ex- 
ception of a few down on the Valley Division, 
where, I understand, several of the offices are 
working under the eight-hour shift, simply be- 
cause they refused to work any more than eight 
hours, and the company could not get any one 
to relieve them, as they did other telegrapher* 
who had more desirable jobs and refused to work 
over eight hours, under the impression that they 
were subject to a fine for violating the law; but 
after learning that they were not, all returned to 
work their usual hours. 

The railroads are endeavoring to justify their 
actions in violating the eight-hour law by claim- 
ing that there are not "sufficient available" teleg- 
raphers to supply the demand under the eight- 
hour law. Now, whose fault i* this? We don't 
want to ask each other. We all know it is on 
account of small salaries and long hours. Almost 
any kind of work will pay you fjo or $55, day- 
light work and Sundays off. Who cares to leam 
a profession that takes several years of the moat 
valuable part of your life, to fall into a $50- 
dollar i3-hour night job? Isn't that an elegant 
inducement ? 

Hoxie District — 

There have been several changes in officials on 
this Division lately. Superintendent A. J. Alex- 
ander has transferred to Kansas, being succeeded 
by Mr. J. Cannon, formerly of the Missouri 

Division Operator, Mr. J. O. Kelly resigned, 
his successor being Mr. G. H. Cooper, who worked 
a trick at De Soto during the past winter. Mr. 
Kelly has the best wishes of the telegraphers on 
this Division. He was always just and fair in 
his dealings, and we regret to lose him. 

Telegrapher Ah. Bevill, who has been in the 
mercantile business at Higginson, has returned to 
his old haunts and relieved Bro. J. A. Bowman, 
agent at Mintum. 

Bro. J. M. Ashley, formerly nights at Bradford, 
relieved night telegrapher, Bro. M. E. Doyle, at 

Bro. D. M. Burtsch relieved Telegrapher W. 
A. Owens at Olyphant. Day telegrapher, Miss 
Flossie Davis, spent several days in the hospital. 

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being relieved by Bro. Burtsch, who in turn wu 
relieved by Telegrapher C. R. BeviU. 

Ex-Telegrapher Whitlow, who has been out of 
the service for several years, has resumed work 
and relieved Bro. Ashley nights at Bradford. 

Bra F. L. Davis, nights at Bald Knob, was 
absent a few days on account of sickness. Re- 
lieving telegrapher, Bro. L. J. Moore, was Sister 
Weldon's right hand bower during the former's 

Bro. J. P. Quinn relieved Telegrapher C. S. 
Morrison nights at Garner. The latter, I under- 
stand, was a graduate from Bollingers, but found 
the task a little more difficult doing the real 
stunt than under the direction of the Professor. 

W. A. Johnson relieved Bro. G. B. Newbill, 
agent at Beebe. Bro. L. J. Moore relieved Day 
Telegrapher Farley for several days on account 
of illness in the latter's home. 

Bro. C. D. Tucker, formerly of Garner, relieved 
Night Telegrapher Herr at McAImont. 

"CP," LUtle Rock— 

Bro. W. S. Avery and Telegrapher Overlin 
will take thirty days' vacation, effective July ist. 

Bro. J. W. Skoda is taking thirty days' rest, 
being relieved by Bro. Puller, of Dallas W. U. 

Bro. J. F. Smade has accepted a position in 
"CF," relieving Bro. Paulu, who has accepted a 
position in "GM," St. Louis. 

If the railroads would pay living wages there 
would be no shortage of telegraphers. Bro. H. 
P. LeGrande, chief operator has no trouble in 
securing the required number of telegraphers for 
his office. He has a goodly number of applica- 
tions on file. 

Telegrapher Tom Rice is still out in the cold. 

Bro. H. F. LeGrande spent Sunday on his farm 
near Jacksonville. Bro. J. W. Quiggins acting 

Bro. l.aing was laying off Saturday and Sunday, 
viewing Wonderland. 

A. Bollinger, general manager of the "ham 
factory," Second and Main streets, has accepted a 
position as train dispatcher with the I. M. at 
Little Rock, working the second trick on Tex- 
arkana District 

"CF" office is up-to-date with the exception of 
Tom Rice, A. Overlin and Professor Baldwin. 
However, Rice and Overlin make good promises 
pay day, but the promises of Baldwin are very 
different from the others. If it were in hia 
power, this person claims he would turn out a 
thousand or more students a day with bis patent 
process for teaching students; but the good Lord 
didn't give "BN" this supernatural power, so I 
guess he will have to be satisfied with the few 
suckers he can get to bite. He should be treated 
accordingly by the telegraphers who come in con- 
tact with him on the wire. 

I hope by the time the July journal comes out 
we will have a new schedule and scale of working 
hours. Our Committee is in session at the pres- 
ent writing in St. Louis. We wish them the best 
of success and we are with them to a man. 


Central of Georgia Ry. 

Savannah Division — 

I note with regret no write-up appeared in 
June number of the journal. 

Good many changes in the past month, but 
don't think will be able to show all correctly, 
as bad to pick up the news as best I could. 
Unable to get notes from any of the "good hustling 
brothers," who promised to give me their assist- 

Bro. P. T. Jones goes from M. & A. Jet. to 
Meldrim, nights. 

Bro. G. W Clanton, from Meldrim days to Tybee 
depot. Savannah, agent Bro. Clanton relieved 
by Bro. D. C. Newton, who was working nights. 

Bro, J. H. Hamilton, who has been agent at 
Tybee depot for some time, left to accept a 
good position with the Panama Ry. Wish him 
much success. 

Bro. Cregar, from Wadley days to "GO" Savan- 
nah nights, relieved by Mr. Pyron, agent "WA," 
account shortage of men, until new man assigned; 
understand Mr. Warren goes to "WA" days and Mr. 
Warren nights, Mr. Warren relieving Bro. Win- 
bum, who goes to Tybee Island a* agent. Haven't 
learned how the two new ones at "WA" stand; 
"13" they came from the S. A. L., and presume 
they are O. K. 

Mr. A. L. Horton bid in Norrtstown agency, 
relieving Bro. L. J. Bankston, who goes to the 
S. A. L. Understand he has good position with 
that line 

Bro. J. H. Wright back to Egypt, relieving Bra 
Bass, who is off taking a vacation. 

Bro. Rogers, of Register, relieved by his brother 
while he attended the convention. He reports a 
pleasant trip and much learned by going. 

Bro. Armstrong now working nights Dover; Bro. 
Myers gone to another road. 

A man by the name of Mr. J. P. Byesa, of 
Toomsboro, Ga., says he doesn't need the O. R. T. 
in his as he came from a road that is dead against 
the Order. This road was the "L & N." Says 
he has no confidence whatever in the Order. If 
this is true, seems he would have stayed up there 
on the L & N. There are only three roads a 
man who doesn't believe in the O. R. T. is needed 
on, viz., L. & N., Katy and Santa Fe. I would 
think he would enjoy being among men who are 
of the same opinion as himself. If he has no 
confidence in the Order, strange he should come 
down and accept all the advantages we have over 
the L. & N. I understand also he finishes up 
students for the telegraph school. 

One more man needs mentioning. Mr. You- 
mans, who has been a member at two different 
times, now holds one of the good jobs that was 
raised. There is something very peculiar about 
him. I understand that be advises boys who 
finish up at telegraph schools to write for ap- 
plication blanks to join the O. R. T. Our Local 
Chairman got a letter from a young man located 
at his station, "Davisboro," asking for blanks, 
etc., said Mr. Youmans advised bim to do it. 
Must be that . Mr. Youmans is also finishing up 
the telegraph plugs. We do not want students in 

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the Order; but men who can do good work, and 
will be some good. We are not drumming for 
students or professors, and any member will be 
particular and careful not to vouch for Mr. 
Youmans in the future. A man who will not live 
up to his obligation at one time will not do so 
at another. 

Time has now arrived for the payment of dues 
for current term, so if you haven't got your new 
card you should remit your dues, which is $4.00, 
and also your special assessment (if you arc one 
among the number that got a raise on our last 
schedule), as all who fail to pay this assessment 
will be unable to get a card. 

Some "good" brothers did not pay this last 
year, and have not done so up to the present, 
notwithstanding the fact they were raised last year 
and this; but this year's assessment was handled 
differently, and the amount is charged to each 
member. So if you are made of the right Idnd 
of stuff, and show your colors, you will be among 
the first to show it with your card. I hope that 
none of the brothers will have to be put sus- 
pended for non-payment of this assessment. 

This completes the bill for this time. Will give 
better write-up if some of you will help furnish 
the news. CtRT. j. 

5.- ly. Division — 

Boys, remember that June thirtieth is most here, 
and of course know that day calls for a four. 
Pay-day will soon be here, so let's all get the 
new card and be along with the goods on our 
first meeting in July. Wonder what color it will 
be? Let's spend four dollars to see. 

Mr. Maxwell, agent at Monteziuna, has just 
returned from a big fishing trip. 

Bro. English, nights on block at PowersvUle, 
worked for Sister Callen white she made a flying 
trip to Eaufala a few Sundays ago to see rela- 

The first thing we S. W. Division boys do 
after receiving the journal is to look for a write-up 
from the S. W. Division, and we are quite often 
disappointed. Each one seems to be waiting for 
the other to send in items. Now, boys, we must 
get busy on this line and see if we can't do better. 
Let our Division Correspondent, whoever he may 
be, have all the happenings so we can be repre- 
sented in The Telkckaphek every issue. 

We, like all other divison, have a few nons, 
but think they will soon repent How can it be 
otherwise, after we have done so much to im- 
prove their conditions? 

Bro. W. J. Jordan, night on block at Rutland, 
has resigned to go into other business; was re- 
lieved by Bro. Holland, nights from Ft. Valley. 
Wish Bro. Jordan much success in his new field. 

Bro. Gay, nights at Oglethorpe, has resigned 
to accept a position with the A. B. & A. at 
Fitzgerald; was relieved by Bro. Keen. 

Bro. Holland was relieved at Ft. Valley nights 
by Bro. Bowen, from the block days at Echaconnee. 


Chattanooga Division — 

The boys on the north end of the Chattanooga 
Division of the C. of Ga. Ry. met at I. O. O. F. 
Hall at Trion, Sunday, June 16th. Meeting pre- 
sided over by General Chairman, G. C. Stephen- 
son. Various matters were brought up and dis- 
cussed with interest. 

Brothers present: D. E. Brantley, J. C. Allen 
and J. D. Cochran, ChatUnooga, T<nn.; G. C. 
Stephenson, Rossville, Ga.; W. O. Bolton and 
H. M. Baily, Chickamauga, Ga.; W. D. Stewart, 
LaFayette, Ga.; C. S. Hobbs, Trion, Ga.; L. P. 
Woods, Summerville, Ga.; Jeb, Martin, Raccoon, 
Ga.; A. C. Powell and M. H. Holmes, Lyerly, 
Ga.; E. J. AUee, Rome, Ga. 

An unanimous vote of thanks was tendered the 
I. O. O. F. for their kindness for allowing us 
the use of their hall. Cert. 75. 

Kansas City Southern Ry. 

North End— 

The news on this part of the road is not very 
plentiful, but as we have to have a few lines each 
month, will try to mention what is going on 
around and about our good brothers. 

We are about ready to make a stand for a new 
schedule and hope by next month we will be able 
to give definite information as to results. We are 
badly in need of improvements along this line, 
and we are determined to have them. Most all 
the brothers have come across with the assessment 
levied, and we are in strong hopes of our com 
mittee meeting with success while in Kansas City. 

There are still a few nons who seem to be wear- 
ing smoked glasses. Better take them off and see, 
where you are wrong, and it will not be long until 
yon will tell us to send you application papers for 

Am informed by a faithful brother that Bro. 
A. E. Pearson, Joplin nights, transferred back to 
Gravette nights. Relieved by G. W. Blaggett, 
whom we understand is in possession of the little 

Lanagan has a new night man, Mr. Atchison, 
from the Mo. Pac, who we "13" also is all right. 
■ Bro. Brown, day man at Neosho, we are ad- 
vised, has quit us and is roaming Oklahoma Ter- 

Bro. Wentz, at Sulphur Springs, is now up-to- 
date. "You can't keep a good fellow down." 

Best of all, the eight-hour law is in effect and 
those in old Missouri are proud that they can be 
relieved from the key at the expiration of their 
trick and rest their weary nerves. A few more 
long steps like this Ml over the country and the 
telegraphers would be more able to perform their 
duties with ease and safety. Let the good work 
move onward. 

While a great many of us at the one-man sta- 
tions are not benefited quite so much, we can not 
expect it all at once, and rest assured that we will 
get betterments sooner or later. 

We all no doubt have noticed recently where a 
great number of the roads are advertising for 
telegraphers. I wonder why? Still there are a 
few that can't see why it pays to get in line? 

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Don't be a non all your life. Get up and look 
around and see where you are. 

Now, aome of you fellows who have some time 
to spare, drop us a few lines of news for The 
Telbcraphu next month, and let's make it better 
than it is this time. You all no doubt know a 
little news and it will help out a great deal if you 
will all drop a line. I have not beard but from 
just one brother this month,' thus making the newt 
rather slim. All help a little. Cnr. 9a. 

Southern Pacific Ry. Line* In Oregon. 

It is with much regret that I feel the neecssity 
of calling the attention of the brothers of the 
lines in Oregon to the fait that they are not 
doing their part toward boosting things along as 
they should. We have not had a write-up for 
months, and although I should be the last one 
to attempt anything of this kind, I have come to 
the conclusion that someone should make a move 
to start the ball rolling and then perhaps some 
brother who is capable will take hold and give 
OS a write-up that will be worthy of our division. 
Division 53 stands at the top of the ladder and 
the lines in Oregon are certainly well enough 
represented to warrant a good line-up in the official 
publication once a montht but we are seldom there. 
One would think that we were a set of nons who 
did not even know of the existence of the great 
O. R. T. so far as they could tell by reading the 
journal, while some road which probably has not 
over a third as many members as we have will 
be well represented every month. 

I think we should be a little more sociable; get 
together once in .i while and have a meeting. 
Other roads do so, why can't we? It is customary 
upon aome roads to have regular monthly meetings, 
which are always well attended, and the boys 
become acquainted and get into the habit of all 
pulling together, and as they all have the same 
end in view it is needless to say what the result 
is when they make any kind of a move toward 
a betteiment of their conditions. These meetings 
are also sanctioned by the superintendent, who 
is often present, and he always furnishes trans- 
portation to any of the boys who care to attend 
and can do so without interfering with their work. 
I would like to suggest that someone get busy 
and see if we can not call a meeting sometime 
in the near future, as I am satisfied we would 
have a good turn-out. Somebody take it up and 
see what can be done. 

I am not very well posted upon the late changes, 
but will list a few: 

Bro. Watson, of Woodbum, has left the tele- 
graph department and accepted a position in the 
city ticket office at Portland with this company. 
Bro. Watson has ever been a hard worker for 
our cause, and it is with much regret we see 
him go, but as he has been given a chance to 
better himself we only too gladly congratulate him 
upon his future success, which we feel confident 
it already assured him. Bro. Spencer is hold- 
ing down the day job at Woodbum until an 
ataigament is made, the night job being filled by 
Bro. Stephenson, lately from the Can. Pac. 

Bro. Michael, second trick man at Junction City, 
is preparing for a lay off. 

Bro. Howard, first trick man at Junction City, 
was on the sick list the first part of the month. 

Bro. McLardy is doing stunts on bis old trick, 
third, at Albany. 

Bro. Landers is holding down Oakland agency. 

Bro. Wilcox has been assigned to agency at 

Bro. Vickers agency at Hillsboro. 

Bro. Jennings, formerly of this division, has 
been heard from on the Wabash in Indiana. He 
says, however, that he is soon going to make 
tracks for the land of the setting sun. Bob is 
an enthuaiastic O. R. T. man, and we will be 
pleased to have him with us once more. 

Agency Corvallas, Oakland, Medford and Dallas 
are among those open for bids on the last bulletin.' 

Bro. Friend, third trick man at Junction City, 
was called to Spokane with his family the early 
part of the month to attend the funeral of his 
wife's father, who was accidentally killed by an 
electric car at that place. "FD" returned to work 
about the 36th. Broa. Howard and Michael were 
compelled to double hia trick during hia absence 
account of no available man to relieve him. 

Harry Morse is holding down Leiand nights. 
Harry promises to make good soon. 

Well, next month let some other brother give 
us a good write-up, and let us know what you 
think about having a meeting once in a while. 

Cut. 1771. 

B. A L. E. Ry. 

I am stilt holding down the job of correspondent 
on this pike and am waiting patiently on some 
one to relieve me In view of this fact I wish 
to announce there will probably be a vacancy in 
the position of correspondent for this division. 
Those who wish a chance at the job should file 
their applications with the Local Chairman at 
once, for when the position is officially bulletined 
there will be a big rush of applicants, but as there 
is no one who seems anxious for the job I will 
continue to hold it down until I am discharged. 
While my salary is not very large I am in need 
of money. 

Things are moving along on the south end as 
usual, with a few more trains to handle, which are 
being handled to a better advantage on account 
of new double track that has been put into ser- 
vice at different points. Double track between 
Pittrt>urg Jet. and Hartnett; Odell is discontinued. 
Bro. McDowell transferred from Odell to new 
office at Hartnett. 

Bro. Fitzmartin transferred from Odell nights 
to Pittsburg Jet. nights. 

Lyndora closed and Bro. Whitford from there 
to second trick at Butler Tfr. 

Bro. Campbell was off a few days on account 
of his wife being sick. 

Bro. Knapp is off for a few days attending to 
business in Pittsburg and other places. 

Bro. McClung and wife, of McBride, were in 
Butler doing shopping this week. 

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Bro. E. G. Resincer says be expects to move in 
the new office next week, which will be over new 
station at Center Ave. 

Bro. A. C. Kiser was in to see Bro. "R" at 
Center Ave. on his way to East Pitssburg, over 
the south end. 

From the report received from our General 
Committee and the view of most of the boys along 
the line, I think our committee did very well. 
Now, I see there are quite a few along the line 
who are enjoying the hard earnings of our com- 
mittee and are not up-to-date. 

I think 1{ every brother would get after the nons 
and go and see them personally and talk with 
them, or if they can not do that, write them, 
there would be quite a number join our ranks. 

I understand there is to be a new office opened 
at Houseville for the benefit of the pusher engines 
that cut out there. 

Bro. L. V. Thayer, from the Erie, at Meharg 
nights, and Bro. Smith, off the C T. W. A., 
moved from Meharg to Hartnett nights. 

Mr. Pfabe, a new man at the business, is work- 
ing at Frazier nights. Mr. Pfabe will join as 
soon as eligible. 

Bro. DeShong has returned to his old stand at 
Blaks Run. Third trick at "XB," North Bessemer, 
was put on June 4th; new man by the name of 
Cochran working it. 

Bro. Bowman, of Russellton, is off on a leave of 
absence; Mr. Brewer, of DIcksonburg, relieving 

Office at Milltown closed and was moved to 
north end of Plun Creeic Viaduct, with Bros. 
Brooks and Clendeing holding it down. 

At "SE," south end of North Bessemer yard, 
we have Bro. S. A. Wildeman, from the B. & O., 
and he has transferred from Division 33 to $1. 

Bro. J. C. Simmons and wife are visiting Mrs. 
Simmons' mother at Carter. Carter has been 
made a regular stop for trains No. 15 and 16. 

Bro. P. J. Barrett, a new man, relieved Bro. 
R. R. Snyder while he spent a few days in 

Mr. J. H. Ray is speedily recovering from In- 
juries received while attempting to alight from 
train No. 15 at Carter. Mr. Ray miscalculated 
the speed and was thrown to the ground. He was 
badly bruised and cut about the chest. It was 
feared at first that he was dangerously injured 
and the train was stopped and brought back and 
took him to Butler Hospital, where it was found 
that aside from several bruises and cuts he was 
not so seriously hurt. I understand Mr. Ray has 
quit the telegraph business and has gone home to 
assist his father with the farm work. Mr. I. S. 
Hall was transferred from "HX" tower to Lynces 
Jet, being relieved at "HX" tower by Mr. King- 
denan, old head in the telegraph service without 
a card. 

Our laat meeting at Greenville was not so well 
attended as usual. Even if it is getting a little 
warm and we have to work harder we should 
not stay away. There is the only place for us to 
go and tell our troubles and not be kicking about 

what our committee did after not attending a 
meeting in the whole year. 

If some of the boys on the north end would 
take a little more interest in our meetings, I think 
it would be a great help. We get the most of 
our turn-out from the south end, where a man 
has almost got to walk to get any place. Although 
we have some good members on the north end 
who attend regularly, I trust that some of the 
boys on the north end will send me a few notes 
and not let the south end do it all. We would 
then be able to know what is going on along the 
whole road. 

I will have to thank some of the brothers on 
the south end for notes received, and trust they 
will all come again; also others who can scare up 
news. Div. Coa. 

H. & T. C. Ry. 

In response to a call from the General Chairman 
for a meeting in Dallas, about twenty-one members 
assembled in the Dallas Commercial Club Rooms, 
where a very interesting, and, we feel, a profitable 
meeting was held. 

Bro. J. I. Donohue was taken through the initia- 
tory ceremony and made a fuU-flledged members, 
which, by the way, is the first time Division 57 
has ever conferred the degree, and Bro. Donahue 
has the honor to be the first candidate to be 
actually initiated by this division. 

Quite a number of the commercial boys who 
carry O. R. T. cards were present, and took an 
active interest in the proceedings. We are glad 
to welcome any of them at all our meetings. 

The question of arranging for regular stated 
meetings in Dallas was bandied and it is quite 
likely that Division 57 will arrange for a ball, 
and within a short time regular meetings will 
be held. We believe this will be worth a great 
deal to the division for many reasons. Interest 
in the work will be kept up, we will be able to 
increase our membership, give visiting brothers 
a place where they can meet with the boys, reach 
out after the unorganized telegraphers of the city, 
and serve the good work in a hundred ways, 
which we can not do without meetings, and only 
very partially with called meetings. 

The commercial brothers present seem anxious 
to bring about something of this kind, and prom- 
ise us every assistance in making it a success. 
With their help we feel sure the move will prove 
highly successful, and build up a good local in 

Bro. Beene, of Ft. Worth, was doing some 
hustling to find a means of conveyance back to 
Ft Worth. In explanation be said he missed the 
last train on his last visit and had his record 
charged with twenty "brownies" (by his wife). 
He does not care to have any more charged, as 
it is getting desperately near the limit 

Bros. Craig, of Calvert, and Ficklin, of Bre- 
mond, were in attendance, which displays con- 
siderable enthusiasm, considering the distance they 
had to come. A tribute is also due to the night 
man who is doubling in the places of those at- 
tending meetings. Tbcy have the hard time with 

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none of the joys to compensate them for their 

We hope the brother on the Ft. Worth branch 
will come through again with another of his 
interesting and newsy articles. The boys would 
appreciate another treat of that land. 

Bro. McKey, our G. S. & T., is spending a 
vacation, together with his wife in Mississippi. 
He expects to return in time to get to work 
under the eight-hour law. 

Bro. VanWie, the genial Local Chairman of the 
north end, is in the Indian Territory with a party 
of friends fishing. Nothing but branch water 
and crude oil in that district. 

Bro. Connor, of the dispatcher's office at Ennis, 
with his wife are spending a vacation visiting 
friends in Missouri. Jim says he hopes he has 
worlced his last twelve-hour day. 

Quite a number of the boys are figuring on a 
summer vacation, but extra men are scarce and 
the probabilities are that they will have to content 
themselves with more work and less play, although 
it may "make Jack a dull boy." It's an ill wind 
that blows no good, and if we fail to get a 
vacation we won't cry over the cause. 

Fraternally, W. J. Bubke. 

Southern Pacific Railway. 

Lot Anttles DwisiOH — 

We were too busy last month to send in a 
write-up, but our worthy Bro. Keyes came to the 
rescue, and to him the credit belongs for such a 
good Showing. 

Bro. Bert Curl, after an absence of several 
months, has returned to his regular position at 
River Station nights. 

Bro. Badgley reports a fine trip and a good 
time at the Grand Convention, only disagreeable 
feature being the cold weather. 

Bro. Chas. Plunkitt has left us, going to work 
in "BD," San Francisco office. 

C F. McReynolds, of Dolgeville, has requested 
application blanks be sent him, so he may become 
one of us once more. 

Bro. Keyes, late of Cabazon, but now at Las 
Vegas, says that the eight-hour law helps some. 

Several requests from the nons on the branches 
for application blanks lately. Bro. Roberts, of 
Santa Anna, doing the good work. 

Bro. Shepard, of Salton, had the misfortune to 
be bitten by a "side-winder" recently, but at this 
writing is progressing nicely and expects to leave 
the hospital in a few days. 

The members on this division were pained to 
hear of the sad death of Bro. J. R. Abbey, late 
of Puente, which occurred on the 17th ulto., 
being directly due to blood poisoning caused by 
a scratch from his pet cat. His funeral was held 
from the undertaking parlors of John R. Paul 
and was attended by Bro. and Mrs. Steere, Mrs. 
Fitzpatrick, of Los Angeles, Bro. Frost, of Pasa- 
dena, Bro. and Mrs. C. H. Owens, of Puente, 
Bro. Martin, of Colton, and many friends from 
Puente. There were many beautiful floral offer- 
ings, among which was an O. R. T. pillow made 
by Mr*. Steere. His remains were laid at rast 

in Evergreen Cemetery. He was a staunch sup- 
porter of our Order and will be greatly missed. 

Declez and Basset closed as night offices account 
no one to fill the positions. 

Bro. Luckfield, late Local Chairman, has re- 
signed and went to the Las Vegas & Tonopah Ry. 
Trust he will better his lot in making the change. 

Bro. Purcell filling the agent's position at Indio 
at present, occasioned by Bro. Luckfield's resig- 

Bro. Valla, regular ticket agent at Redlands. 
but late Assistant Commercial Agent Riverside 
District, has been appointed city ticket agent at 
San Bernardino. 

Bro. Steffa, of Pomona, indisposed at present 
account having a felon on his finger. Pretty 
tough to have to work in a place like Pomona 
and be thus handicapped. 

Bro. Eaton, of Brawley, has been granted an 
assistant during the melon season, Bro. Gilmore, 
a recent arrival, doing the stunt. 

Bro. Jim Keane, now absent on a trip to his 
mines in the north; Bro. Hawkins filling Jim's 
regular position at Downey at present. Some evil- 
disposed person sneaked into the office not long 
ago, while Fred was at lunch, and got away with 
fifty dollars. 

All who have not sent in their necessary for 
dues for ensuing term will please get busy. 


Division 53 seems to be asleep or dead; we 
very seldom have a line from her. We were 
pleased to see Bro. Green's drawing as frontis- 
piece in the June Telegraph ek. It was good 
work and he should come again. 

Guess 53 is pretty well lined up; don't know of 
but one or two nons on the division, and hope 
to see them in by next month. Come on, boys, 
line up. 

We haven't heard anything from the United 
States Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco 
about our new schedule, but hope we will in the 
near future. 

There have been a number of changes made 
among the boys, but you will all know what they 
were soon as the next bulletin appears. 
- Bro. Moffet, at Marcel, is the proud possessor 
of a young lynx, that he captured near the depot. 

Don't forget to remit your dues this month. 

Cert. 1318. 

San Joaqum Division (.Coast Lint) — 

A few changes seem to have taken place up 
to the time of this writing, namely, Bro. M. M. 
Cecil, day telegrapher "Q," Santa Barbara, is 
taking a vacation, bis place filled by Bro. Glensor. 

Bro. G. W. Nortbamer has returned to the coast 
again after a few weeks' stay on the hill, and is 
now working the day trick at "SB," Santa Bar- 
bara, relieving Bro. E. E. Clover. 

Bro. Mithan, nights at Oxnard, has just been 
transferred to "SB" nights. 

Bro. Baker has left the service for parts un- 
known. No further information can be given at 
this write-up. "73" to all. Cert. 1868. 

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Peru Division — 

We should all get busy and try to exceed the 
glorious past two yean, which were hummers in 
our line of business. 

Boiling it down to the Peru Division particu- 
larly, we have room for improvement in the matter 
of percentage in membership. Let every brother 
get busy with that non working either at his own 
oiSce or the one adjoining him, <md let's boost our 
membership nearer the too per cent mark. The 
committee will be going to Sl Louis again for a 
new schedule before a great while and now is the 
time to prepare. Don't wait until you think the 
time is about up before going after them, but do 
it now. 

To our friends, the nons, who we know watch 
developments as closely as we do, and who we 
know benefit by the organization the same as we, 
let me ask if you do not feel it is about time you 
were showing your appreciation by coming along? 
I say "appreciation" because we do not hear you 
kicking any just now, and compare this to a few 
years ago when there was lots of kicking and 
criticism, too, on the way the O. R. T., and espe- 
cially tfae committee, was doing business. When 
the next revised schedule comes out, you wilt look 
through it as anxiously to see how you have fared 
as will the boys who are fighting your battles along 
with their own. Will you whine because it don't 
"dish out" a few extra for you, or will you ask 
yourself what you did towards helping secure any- 
thing? On the other hand, if it brings you an 
increase in pay along with other benefits, will you 
accept them and consider it was due you, like one 
(only one) that I was talking to shortly after our 
present schedule was completed? I had asked if 
he wouldn't feel, should he hear that his office bad 
realized an increase in pay through the recent 
negotiations, that he should at least show his appre- 
ciation by taking out a card. He replied: "I'd 
have to see it first before I believe it." "All right," 
saya I, "here it is, and here's the necessary 
blanks." "Well," he replied, "I'll not fill them 
out The O. R. T. owes this to me anyway, be- 
cause I had a card once for six months about fif- 
teen years ago." 

Now, I do not think you are like that. I do 
think some of you are a little negligent, however, 
for you are realizing benefits right now. Every 
one of us working to-day are, some more than 
others, but we all have realized by the organization. 
There will probably be greater changes than before 
in our next schedule. Several have been suggested. 
They will effect you, Mr. Non, and you ought to 
be in a position to have your "say" as well as to 
aid the rest of us in shaping these matters. 

Exclusive agents who work at a railroad station 
whether ticket agent, freight agent or both, and 
regardless of whether they are telegraph operators, 
are now eligible to membership in the Order. This 
will give the brothers at stations where there are 
such agents a chance to line them up. They have 
now a chance to come along and be protected, 
something they have never heretofore had. This 
class of the service has been clamoring for admit- 

tance for some time on the old organized roads, as 
they have seen the necessity of getting into some 
organization and know that the old O. R. T. being 
well established can take care of them at once. 
This is what the O. R. T. will be doing for the 
exclusive agents right away on these older organ- 
ized roads, as they are all ready to come in, and 
were only waiting for an amendment to the eligi- 
bility clause. Gel after the exclusive agents on 
the Wabash as soon as enough of them are rtady 
to be included in negotiations; we will fix them 
up, too. 

It comes to our notice that certain nons, one on 
the Second District, two on the First and two on 
the Fifth Districts, are keeping students. All nons 
as well as members, understand the effect a flooded 
market will have on the price of a commodity. 
We all know there is no feeling of animosity 
toward the student. Under a competitive system 
we must protect ourselves and not Sood the market 
with our particular line of goods. We do not 
like to mention names, and won't this time, but 
some one will be liable for a "bawlin' out," and 
we will come as close to mentioning names as 
Barney did when he called Pat down for cheat- 
ing in a poker game between themselves and an- 
other Irishman. Barney knew that Pat (who onljr 
had one eye) had cheated and won the "jack pot" 
two or three times. He protested each time, say- 
ing he didn't want to mention any names, but that 
he knew who it was "chatin'." Pat cheated again 
and won the "jack pot," and Barney says : "I won't 
mention any name, but, be gorry, if he does it 
agin I'll knock out his other eye." Now, we 
should hate to come so near as that to mentioning 
names, so do not give us cause. We are trying to 
play a fair game with a "square deal" to all around 
the board, and it's no fair chatin'. 

The latest returns from the Middle Division 
shows a landslide to the O. R. T. They have set 
us a strenuous pace over there, and in closing let 
me again urge that we all get busy and let Peru 
Division second the motion. 

Local Chairman. 

June iSth, at New Haven, occurred the marriage 
of our good Bro. G. C. Delamarter to Miss Grace 
Miller, of New Haven. Bro. Delamarter, having 
secured a month's leave of absence, with his bride 
is visiting relatives in Michigan. They have the 
heartiest congratulations and best wishes of Peru 

Bro. Metz does the day trick at New Haven 
during the absence of "CF," with Bro. Barto 

Bro. Yuill off on account of sicknesa; relieved 
at Colburn by Bro. E. W. Patrick, of West Point 
nights. We hope Bro. Yuill will be back at work 
by the time this is before you. 

Bro. Hinkle is now agent at Burrows, Bro. Dor- 
rrn having passed it up and is now filling the 
vacancy at Danville Junction nights, caused by the 
resignation of F. T. Miller, telegrapher. Etnire 
at Danville nights, E. E. Hagerty having also left 
the Banner. 

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Si*ter Baker, of Blakealey nights, off for a 
month; relieved by R. M. Kile, who, we under- 
stand, is just starting in the business. 

Bro. Etvidge bid in Newell days, with G. F. 
Pickering nights. The vacancy at St. Joe nights, 
filled by Bro. Benjamin, formerly the agent at 

On account of no one on the division wanting 
the job the West Lebanon agency is filled by Mr. 
Sweet, brother of H. S. Sweet, the right hand 
man in the chiera office. Unable to learn whether 
Mr. Cavanaugh will stay with the Wabash or not. 

Bro. Sieple back at work at Jewell. Bro. De- 
meutb at West Peru nights at present. 

Bro. Metsker is getting busy on the Fifth Dis- 
trict and expects to have it solid in a short time. 

Bro. Brey enjoyed a few days' vacation this 
month; relieved by the night man, Bro. Hetrick, 
with Mr. Dunwoody on nights. Div. Cob. 

St. Louis Division — 

June 14th, the dates set for the telegraphers' 
eight-hour law to go into effect, has passed and 
we are still working twelve hours. As far as we 
can learn there is no evidence that the company 
is making any effort to comply with the law, 
neither has anything been done by them in that 
line that would indicate that they were even inter- 
ested and we are wondering bow long this violation 
of the law will be permitted to continue. Our 
State legislatures, as a rule, are not hasty in 
adopting bills and passing laws in an experimental 
manner, and especially when introduced by and 
cakulated to benefit laboring people, in which 
case it has often been a very difficult problem 
and required the strongest arguments, backed up 
by public agitation to secure the passage of a law. 
We have often beard it said that the law is no re- 
specter of persons, which we take to mean that 
every one must obey it alike, and here is where 
we base our hopes that there will be no exception 
to it in this case. 

Twelve hours a day every day in the year, Sun- 
days and holidays included, is entirely too much. 
Men who handle trains and have the responsibility 
of many lives in their hands should have clear 
heads, and bow can they have such with the con- 
tinual drag and strain with no time for recreation. 
The public are now aware of this and they were 
equally as active in demanding the passage of this 
law as were the telegraphers themselves. 

\<hcn the hour arrived on June 14th when the 
eight-hour law was to go into effect many of the 
men threatened to quit and in some instances, we 
luderstand, they did refuse to work beyond their 
eight hours. They bad no intention of going on 
a strike or causing any trouble. Their idea was to 
obey the law. We believe the men were justified 
in their desire to obey the law. If the company 
saw fit to disregard it, that was no reason why 
we should. At the same time we advised all the 
men who talked of quitting after their eight hours 
were up that we thought it best to remain at work 
when we consider the injury that would be done 
to the commerce of the State, the traveling public 
and the U. S. mails by a walk out of the telegra- 

phers. It is well understood that we are working 
the twelve hours under protest, with the penalty of 
being discharged if we vacate our positions without 
being relieved and we do not believe any court 
in the land would convict a man under such con- 
ditions. In our opinion it has now dwindled down 
to a question between the State and the railroads. 

How does the $50 minimum look now to you 
boys since the a-cent rate went into effect? Keep 
tab on your ticket sales for the next three months 
and see how much you are ahead. I imagine a 
majority of the jobs along here would be paying 
%3S and $40 were it not for the protection afforded 
by the schedule. 

The Pacific Express Company is "getting awful 
good in their old days." Many of the boys are 
reporting that they are now being allowed some 
compensation for handling the received prepaid 
business. As .you have been previously informed 
your committee took this matter up with the ex- 
press company, and although they would not meet 
a committee they stated they would consider any 
complaints from the employes individually. Your 
committee then advised you to complain of this 
matter at once. Now, while the express company 
may be priding themselves in their ability to dodge 
a committee, that same committee is priding them- 
selves in their ability to obtain results. In fact, 
it is results we are after, nothing else. Advise 
your local chairman as to what success you have 
in making your request for commission on this 
received prepaid business. It is necessary for him 
to know so he will be posted and in a position to 
talk intelligently should the matter come up again. 

Ferguson is no longer an "open shop." Bro. 
Atterherry reports securing the applications of 
Messrs. Thomas and Beard, day and night men 
there. We are glad of this, as this office was one 
that was increased %$ per month, night and day. by 
the late revision. The presence of a non any- 
where is repulsive enough, but when we see them 
planted in positions that have been elevated by the 
Order, it is a bitter pill. 

Bro. T. Mahoncy, a new arrival from Div. 31, 
and lately employed at Olyphant, Ark., is with 
us and working nights at O'Fallon, and Bro. W. 
H. Heimbach, of Div. 33. B. O. S. W., another 
new arrival, is located nights at Benton City. 
Hope they will stay with us. 

The agency at Warrenton taken by Bro. W. 
Murphy, and Bro. Truby, of Rennick, secured the 
High Hill agency. There are still some two or 
three agencies to be filled. These have been bul- 

In a letter received from Bro. A. Davis, dated 
at Alma, Kan., on C. R. I. ft P.. he states he is 
comfortably located there, enjoying an increase in 
pay and a good schedule. Bro. Davis, it will be 
remembered, resigned at Sturgeon some few 
months ago. We wish him continued success. 

We bad the honor of being appointed a dele- 
gate to the National Convention of the Grand 
Division recently held at Minneapolis, Minn. Wish 
it were possible to describe the magnitude of this 
affair and the enormous amount of business trans- 

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acted. During the nine days the convention lasted 
there was not one idle moment and it looked as 
though night sessions would have to be taken in 
order to get through. Minneapolis has quite a 
reputation as a convention city and hotel men and 
merchants with whom we had opportunities to talk» 
stated that the telegraphers' convention was one 
of the largest, if not the largest, gatherings of the 
kind they ever bad there. 

While we were absent last month we requested 
one of the brothers to act as correspondent for us, 
as we believe representation in the journal has 
good effect and, like advertising, brings results. 
We believe we picked the right man, as he showed 
up with "good stuff," and lots of it. "Spitfire" 
should keep his pencil sharpened. He is liable to 
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Dtcalur Division — 

Bro. W. H. Harte, Jr., Bement, III., has been 
appointed to act as division correspondent during 
my absence. I trust you will assist him in this 
work by furnishing any news of interest pertain- 
ing to the Order, and, thanking you, I am. 

E. HiNDaicKS, 
Div. Cor. 
Decatur Division- - 

Lest you should forget this will remind you that 
dues for six months from July ist to December 
31st, are now due and payable and the amount of 
$4.00 should be remitted to Bro. La Fever, Secre- 
tary and Treasurer, 3732 North Eleventh street, 
St. Louis, Mo. 

Many join the Order and ever afterwards sit 
still trusting others will do all the work. But one 
of the most important phases of our work as an 
organization is the securing of good new members. 
No organizer can do as well or as much as the 
members who have formed an acquaintance or 
know almost every man in their respective locali- 
ties. In this grand work all members can be of 
great assistance. And, not only can be but should 
be, as it is their duty, it is their business, in which 
they have an interest involved to the extent of an 
organization. It is a protection to man and com- 
mon sense calls for a little effort aside from the 
paying of dues and assessments. 

Self-preservation is the first law of nature, and 
a man that will not protect himself is almost 
criminal. Each member should and can secure 
new members, if only a little effort is used. 
Every member can take time and interest enough 
to speak of the advantages, value and worth of 
such fratemalism and protection as our Order 

Many have never given such matters a thought 
and a word is enough to arouse interest, which 
perhaps will lead to a good member. 

Not that I wish to censure you, brothers, but 
it is well in peace to prepare for war, in health 
to get ready for certain death, in youth to lay up 
for old age and in the calm to prepare for the 

Memben, arouse yourselves and get new addi- 
tions, as thereby strength is gained and our cause 
duly respected and recognized. 

A dissatisfied member can do more harm in the 
way of stifling enthusiasm than can a dozen satis- 
fied members in building it up, but as fraternity 
is the outgrowth of Christian civilizatiott the 
brotherhood of man is made possible by working 
in unionism to the satisfaction of every member. 

Bro. Murray is holding a chair in St. Louis, 
"QM" office. He holds an up-to-date in the So. 
Pac. Division, but we prefer he transfer to No. a. 

The nons seem to have gone into their annual 
comatose state for the summer. 

As this appears in print you will have the pleas- 
ure of extending the hand of fellowship to Mr. 
Joly, of East Decatur, as he is now a good brother 
with the proper credentials. 

In Bro. Hefner we have one who is worthy of 
bis position and his work as our local chairman 
is to be commended. 

From all indications the Decatur Division will 
soon be solid with the exception of a very few. 

Since returning from the convention Bro. Hefner 
has secured the following applications while going 
over the division: J. C. Smith, Taylorville; H. J. 
Schwarz, Staunton; L D. Darner, extra list; Fred 
Humphreys, Worden; Clyde Allen, Poag; W. C. 
Rittenhouse, Edwardsville Junction; C. W. Cratz, 
"JO," Decatur; J. H. Custer, Raymond; A. Moore, 
Raymond; Miss Ada Morgan, Mt Olive; R. F. 
Willison, Sangamon; H. O, Folrath, Cerre Gordo; 
A. B. Wingate, Cere Gordo; P. E. Keller, Sa- 
dorus; F. Kurtz, Sidney; E. C. Woodruff, Sidney; 
J. E. Miles, Fairmount; E, S. Puckett, Morriaon- 
ville; C. Whitmer, MorrisonviUe. 

Bro. Hefner also secured the promise of the fol- 
lowing exclusive agents, including Messrs. Custer, 
of Raymond, and Schwarz, of Staunton, who have 
filed applications: E. E. Logan, Mement; Robert 
Leslie, lolono; W. D. Powers, Homer; a Mr. 
Moore, of Sidney, and H. Folrath, of Montic«llo. 

Night man at Blue Ridge signifies his willingness 
to affiliate with us. 

We may now extend the O. R. T. greetings to 
Mr. Meglitch, of Boody. He is now a brother in 
good standing. 

Let every one take notice of the above liat of 
new members and if there is any life to him he 
will feel like shouting for joy, and why should 
he not? 

We are sorry to inform that Bro. Guy McNab- 
rey, formerly of Gibson, resigned. 

By the resignation of Bro. McNabrey the Wa- 
bash loses a good telegrapher and the division a 
good, staunch brother. We trust our brother meeta 
with success in his new field and that he will still 
retain his membership. 

Mrs. Greuell resumed her position at Granite 
City. Telegrapher Darner, now brother, trans- 
ferred to Edwardsville Junction nights, relieving 
Bro. Rittenhous, of the night shift, who in turn 
was relieving Bro. Laws daya. 

Bro. A. Murray, of Sp. No. $3, who has been 
extra in "GM," St. Louis olBce, rdiaved on ac- 

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count of regular man resuming doty, has taken bis 
departure for the East. 

A disastrous explosion occurred at Reddick. 
Three were killed and the tower demolished and 
Bro. (?) Johnston was thrown a distance of sev- 
eral hundred feet, but escaped serious injury. 

East Decatur days and night positions and Sul- 
liran agency up on bulletin. 

John PofF, of East Decatur days, bid in Gibson 

Bro. Lkhtenberger, days at Forrest, enjoyed a 
well-earned vacation. Unable to say who acted as 

Bros. Hefflin and Aultz, Essex and Horse Creek, 
were also Chicago visitors last week. 

Bro. Hallihan, Wing nights, taking a trip on 
No. so the other day, must have been out for a 

Can't say as to Mr. Browning, nights at Bris- 
bane, being up to date. 

Bros. Adams and Singleton, Symerton, were 
Manhattan visitors one day last week. 

There must have been a high old time May i8th. 
I noticed several of our brothers on No. 50 headed 
for Chicago. Bros. Nelson, Henry and Nolchel, 
Manhattan, were sightseeing in Chicago one day 
last week. 

Bro. Lynch, from the Rock Island, doing stunt 
at Manhattan nights. 

Bro. Logsdon transferred from Manhattan to 
Campus; relieved by Bro. Lynch. 

Bro. H. C. Johnson, Brooklyn nights, advises 
Mr. Debelle, regular day man at Brooklyn, who is 
in Decatur Hospital, undewent three surgical opera- 
tions and is recovering slowly. 

Again I ask of you to watch your wires more 
closely and avoid wire trouble. 

Mr. Johnson, formerly agent at Brisbane, has 
accepted a position as manager of the Western 
Union pole yard at that point. He was relieved 
at Brisbane by the agent from Blue Ridge, Mr. 
Lea Filbey. 

Mr. C. M. Vance, assistant agent at Chicago 
Ridge, has been offered a position as regular 
agent It is uncertain at this writing whether be 
will accept or not. 

Bro. Qyde Allen, recently of Phila. is doing the 
stunt at Poag nights. 

Bro. Dorner appears to be acting the role of re- 
lief man, but upon being relieved at Edwardsville 
Junction took a short vacation, visiting home folks 
at Palmer. 

Now for a solid division. Make an effort to 
land the non if he is working for the Wabash. 
It means get "25." 

Wonder when the Wabash members will bold 
another division meeting. 

Bro. W. E. Aultz, East Decatur nights, from 
Horse Creek, vice Poflf. 

Bro. J. E. Dickey, nights at Cerre Gordo, called 
to the southern part of the State by the death of 
his father. 

B. B, Harks, from Rock Island, working nights 
at Hower for the present and is in good standing. 

DiT. Cos. 

Atlantic Coast Line. 

Norfolk District— 

It has been a long time since the boys have 
seen anything in The Teleckaphu from the Nor- 
folk District of the A. C. L., but we are still here 
and am glad to say that we are not very far from 
being solid and this is something to be proud of, 
too, but there are still a few nons left. Get after 
them, boys, and let's make it so hot for them that 
they will have to make a move in some direction. 
We want to be solid. 

How about the eight-hour law in North Caro- 
lina? I understand that Bro. Williams, our Gen- 
eral Secretary and Treasurer, will go to Raleigh on 
the 2ist of this month and will take two men with 
him to attend the hearing with the corporation 
commissioners. The Southern and S. A. L. boys 
will also be represented there. There will neces- 
sarily be some expense to this and let each man 
remit accordingly without delay when called upon 
by Bro. Williams. 

There were only five members from the Norfolk 
District at the meeting on the 8th. I, for one, did 
not go and feel rather ashamed of it. We do not 
take enough interest in our meetings. At the 
next meeting let's try and have a better attendance 
from the Norfolk District. Where there are two 
men one of them could go, I should think, from 
each station. Do not put it off saying, "Well, 1 
will go next time," but get out and go right then. 
And another thing, we do not take enough interest 
in is our journal. Boys, this should not be the case. 
We should be represented in the journal every 
month. What do the rest of our brothers think 
about appointing a correspondent? Why not do 
this at once? I would be very glad to see items 
in the journal regularly from the Norfolk District. 
Let's hear from some other of the brothers on this 

Best wishes to all. I hope to see something 
written by some other brother in the next issue. 

Ceet. 814. 

Mr. A. D. Perkins, chief at Florence, S. C, 
took a flying trip over to Baltimore to attend Dis- 
patchen' Convention, returning via Jamestown. 
He gained about ten pounds in weight while away. 

Mr. R. J. Severance, second trick, acted chief 
during Mr. Perkins absence. Bro. Heard is very 
much in love with night copist. Shipman, from 
Florence yard, is working in "FN" during vaca- 
tion and is about to be converted. 

Bro. C. R. Craig, at Elliott, will soon be trans- 
ferred to Tatum, S. C, a thriving little town just 
north of Bennettsville. No one yet appointed to 
succeed him at Elliott. It lies between Bro. 
Thames, now at Tatum, Hyatt, agent at Lucknow, 
and relief agent Mooneyhan. Mr. Mooneyban 
used to be an up-to-date man. Hope he is still in 
possession of a current card. We have not as yet 
been able to convert Mr. Hyatt, Mr. Woodard and 
Mr. Parker, on this district. We are still after 
them, though, and hope they will soon come over 
the line. . 1 

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I notice some of the boys north of Darlington 
do not answer their calls as promptly as they 
should. This is something the oflficials bring up 
before our committees when they are trying to get 
more for us, and it behooves us to watch wires 
closely, giving the best possible service at all times. 

Mr. R. R. Smith, formerly of Rock Hill, S. C 
is now at Cheraw doing wire work. He has asked 
for application blanks, which have been furnished 
by Assistant Local Chairman Catoe. We hope he 
will not do like some others on the district have 
done, get a dozen sets and lay them aside with an 
excuse for delaying matters. 

Bro. E. D. Sumner, clerk at Bennettsville, left a 
few days ago for the Exposition and other points 
of interest for a short vacation. 

This is the time for all good men to come to 
the aid of the party and let their money for the 
next six months go into the treasury. This is a 
matter that should not be allowed to get behind, 
because the Order gives us a good limit in which 
to pay up. We should not try to take advantage, 
but get it in on time, or before time, which will 
result in getting new cards promptly, and keep 
us in good shape with the Order. 

Next month we want to arrange an article deal- 
ing with the nine-hour law, $75 minimum, govern- 
ment ownership and other matters of general in- 
terest. Cert. 248. 

Savannah District— 

Bro. J. D. Simpson, of "DE" office. Savannah, 
is home, quite indisposed. Have not learned the 
nature of his illness, but hope be will soon be 
able to resume duty. 

The sympathy of all the brothers is extended to 
Bro. Walter Britt, who, we understand, has just 
returned from attending the last illness and death 
of his sister Mn. I. U. Martin of Soperlin. 

Chief Dispatcher J. W. Daniels has just returned 
from Camden, S. C, where he attended the wed- 
ding of an intimate friend. We did not learn the 
names of the forunate couple, but extend congratu- 

Mr. O. R. Hull has been doing the owl act 
at Savannah Junction for several days, and reports 
himself "de-lighted" with the cool and pleasant 

Some of our dispatchers are sporting an elegant 
high-speed automobile of the latest design. We 
hope they also wear the "little button" on the lapel, 
and thus complete an up-to-date appearance. 

We understand a Mr. Miller, who was holding 
down Race Pond, closed up the shop and left for 
parts unknown. The vacancy was recently bul- 

Folkston continues solid and up to date, with 
Bro. J. D. Bennett holding down day trick, Bro. 
Hatchel doing the owl stunt, and Bro. Page work- 
ing the agency. 

Night telegrapher, Mr. League, of Bologn, Fla., 
has sent in the cash along with his papers for one 
of our latest beauties. 

.\ Mr. Lcich and a Mr. Renfrow, working Hil- 
liards days and night, respectively. 

Bro. J. A. Daughtry, of Dyal days, was called 
to Oglethorpe recently by the illness of his sister, 
but we note has returned to work at this writing 
and we hope the trouble that called him away did 
not result seriously. A Mr. Currie work Dyal 

Day office at Ratliff closed for the present, and 
a Mr. Edwards doing the owl act, Bros. Pixley and 
Taylor leaving for points unknown. We are 
sorry to lose two up-to-date men, but wish them 
success wherever they may land. 

Bros. Strickler and Pruiett are holding down the 
Dinsmore job. 

Bro. Porter, our local chairman, seems to be 
playing in hard luck with Mr. J. O. Tillery and 
Mr. John Davis, of Blackshear. These two gen- 
tlemen should be with us, but no one sems to be 
able to get any action from them, although both 
recognize the benefits of organization and are with 
us in sympathy. However, we hope they will be 
able to unite with us in the near future, as they 
are both good men and we need them in the 

Bro. D. R. Warren, of Ludowici, has left the 
service for a better position with the Central of 

We are glad to note Bro. A. L. Howard has re- 
sumed duty at his old stand, Ludowici days, after a 
long and serious illness. We sineerely hope his 
ill-luck is over for all time. 

Bro. L. M. Branch is doing the night stunt at 

Bro. B. W. Harris, of Screven, has resigned bis 
position at that point to accept one with the A. B. 
& A. as manager of their day office at Douglas, Ga. 
We wish him good luck in his new position. This 
is the position that was offered Bro. A. L. Howard, 
whose illness prevented his accepting it. 

Bro. C. C. Easterlin, who relieved Bro. Ha 
Smith, at Offerman, was too light for the levers 
at that point and was transferred to Fleming 
nights, being relieved by a Mr. Marshall, who we 
are glad to say will send in his papers next pay 

Bro. S. L. Thompson, formerly agent at Offer- 
man, has been transferred to the Thalman agency 
for the S. A. L., from Douglas. Bro. Thompson 
says he is fixed now and will line up the Seaboard 
boys for us. Good luck and much prosperity. 

Bro. N. F. Frizelle, Jr., has been transferred 
from "DA," Dale days, to yard office, "Q," Savan- 
nah, nights. 

And last, but not least, we have quite a number 
of new brothers to add to our rolls this month. 
Bros. R. B. Sassels and Lew Manning, of Mcin- 
tosh; E. F. Hull, Offerman; C. G. Hunter, Bris- 
tol, Ga.; J. A. Deloach, Broadhurst and two or 
three others whose names I have not been able 
to learn in time for this writing. We extend the 
welcome hand and hope they may enjoy a long and 
prosperous O. R. T. life. Crackks Joi. 

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Bro. J. C. Dove, for many years agent for the 
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad at Doves, S. C, 
Darlington District, who resigned his position last 
December to retire from active business and pass 
his remaining years in quiet and rest, died at his 
home at Sumter, S. C, on April ist last. 

He had moved his hmily to that point, it being 
their old home. He suffered none at all, expiring 
very suddenly a short time after dinner while sitting 
in his chair reading. Bro. Dove was a good. Chris- 
tian man, handling his businen in that quiet, gen- 
tlemanly and dignified way, so noticeable in con- 
trast with that of some of the younger generation. 
The writer has known him for a number of years, 
and when studying telegraphy received many a 
timely hint and bit of advice from him, which was 
worth remembering in after years. He was a man, 
well liked by all who knew him and greatly re- 
spected by all. The Order of Railroad Telegra- 
phers feel that in his death they have sustained a 
severe loss and that his sudden passing away is a 
deep blow to all. 

VVhbkeas, It has pleased Almighty God in His 
infinite wisdom, to call to his last home our Bro. 
J. S. Dove; therefore, be it 

Resolved, That we, the members of Div. No. 13 J, 
of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers, extend to 
kis bereaved wife and family our sincere sympathy 
in their great sorrow; and be it further 

Resolved, That these resolutions be spread on 
the records of this division, published in the official 
organ of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers and 
a copy sent to the bereaved family. 

J. H. Williams, 
General Secretary, 
J. R. Patrick, 

Local Chairman, 
A. L. Okrkll, 

District. Cor, 

Indianapolis Southern Ry. 

Only a few of the boys attended the meeting 
at Linton Sunday, June 2, account of connec- 
tions such that the brothers from the south 
end could not be present. Though small, it was 
one of the most enthusiastic meetings I have ever 
attended, and the absent brothers had the best 
wishes of all present. 

The meeting was presided over by Rro, Draper, 
who went over the schedule with those present 
to make everything clear. Other matters were 
discussed, including the matter of future meetings, 
attitude toward non-members, etc. Every one 
present showed great interest in the welfare of 
the Order, one of the best signs of future 
strength and progress. 

Bro. Draper gave us the welcome information 
that he would attempt to arrange for another 
meeting soon and so arrange it that all who can 
possibly get away can be present. Brothers, don't 
fail to come. Not one of those who were present 
at Linton but said he had greatly enjoyed it, 
and if all who can will attend we will soon 
have things on the Indianapolis Southern booming. 

Before closing the meeting, Bro. James moved 
for a vote of thanks to be given to our worthy 
Local Chairman, Bro. Draper. Unanimous re- 
sponse received, but even this is but little in re- 
turn for the great service Bro. Draper has ren- 
dered us, and it is to be hoped that the ap- 
preciation shown him at the meeting is general 
over the division. Bro. Draper has shown the 
greatest perseverance and most faithful interest 
in our welfare. As he himself said, it is no snap 
to work up a schedule, but through his untiring 
efforts we have secured the best on the Illinois 
Central lines. Let us then each and all give him 
our deepest thanks for bis work in our interest. 

Arrangements were made for the writer to act 
as Division Correspondent, and if the brothers 
will mail their notes to me (A. H. Turney, oper- 
ator, Bloomington, Ind.), I will do the best in 
my power. 

Whatever is done don't lose interest; look after 
the non and endeavor to lead him into the path 
of rectitude. 

The following notes have been received: 

Present at the meeting: I. S. Draper, Local 
Chairman and President of meeting; E. H. James, 
F. B. Fox, E. L. Smith. A. L. Young, H. N. 
Wentz, B. M. Short, A. A. Howard, S. L. Scott, 
visiting Bro. J. M. Bradon, Chicago Division 91. 

Bro. H. N. Wenti, formerly of Edwards, is now 
regular agent Morgantown. 

Bro. Wentz succeeded at Edwards by Bro. A. 
L, Young, of Anita. 

N. H. Bennett, formerly Palestine nights, t* 
working Morgantown nights. 

Bros. F. C. Wentworth and J. A. Milan, of 
Anita, took a business trip to Indianapolis Tuesday 
night. Bro. Wentworth is thinking of leaving the 
service for wireless work for Uncle Sam. 

Div. Cor. 

D. & R. G. Ry. 

First Division — - 

Since our last schedule went into effect on 
February ist everybody seems to have suddenly 
woke up again, and all are getting into the game 
with a vim that is indeed good to see. Our 
worthy and efficient General Secretary and Treas- 
urer, Bro. Aiken, at Parkdale, is surely a very 
busy man, and its keeping him hustling to make 
the transfers that come in and attend to the other 
work connected with the membership, from whom 
he is getting such loyal and able assistance as 
to make his work a pleasure as well as a profit 
to the membership on this system. Keep it up. 
By this kind of action can we only hope to gain 
for ourselves further advantages and privileges, 
for which we have been looking forward so many 

Our present schedule is indeed a good one. and 
let us not lose one single thing which has been 
granted us in it by inactivity of the smallest 
nature. Remember, if we do not insist upon 
its being lived up to to the letter, we can not 
expect those who have practically no interest in 
seeing it so handled make any effort in that di- 
rection, and a word to the wise should be more 

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than sufficient in thi« rc^ptct. Eternal vigilance 
and an active interest as is now being shown 
by our members is what brings the results we wish 

We have a good set of men on our General 
Comniittec, who will do all in their power to 
better our conditions, but we must not look to 
them to accomplish alt we expect, unless we give 
to them our most hearty and never-ending support 
in every move that they may undertake. Be a 
willing and a most constant worker yourself and 
you will be astonished at the benefits that will in 
this manner come to us. Don't sit back and 
wait for the other fellow to make a good move; 
get ahead and keep in the lead. When a new 
man shows up get a line on him before be has a 
chance to get his chair warmed the first day be 
works, and if he be a non treat him with courtesy 
and consideration and endeavor to get an applica- 
tion, but its indeed a rare thing for a non to 
come to us, they all seem to be made of the 
proper material when they arrive, and all is re- 
quired from them is an application for transfer 
to 49. 

Wonder what our committee is going to do with 
the express business. This is something that must 
be adjusted before the snow flies, and I would 
like to suggest that each and every member, 
whether he be an agent for the express company 
or located at a non-agency or as a night teleg- 
rapher where be handles it gratis or never handles 
it at all, will at once write to our G. S. & T. 
and outline in your communications some ideas 
•r suggestions as to the manner your committee 
should proceed in order to improve the situation 
as regards the express business. 

The Western Union commissions must also be 
taken up with the proper authorities. We want 
this also and we are going to get it if the matter 
is pushed in the manner it should be. Our 
neighboring brothers on the Union Pacific, Rock 
Island and Missouri Pacific are getting ten per 
cent on commercial business, and even on the 
Santa Fe this has been granted for a considerable 
time. What earthly reason can be given for not 
granting us the same concessions? It's- up to us 
to stir things up and get what's coming to us. 
It will certainly never be handed us on a silver 
platter. . 

A good many changes are taking place on this 
division. Telegraphers can scarcely be criticised 
for desiring to get away from those luxurious 
box-car jobs on the south end, where a man 
gets fresh water once a week. However, this is an 
evil that our general officials are endeavoring to 
remedy, or so it was stated to our General Com- 
mittee, and it's indeed time something was done 
to make tlie living and working quarters on the 
Third and Fourth Districts more desirable and 
better than they are at present. A few are fairly well 
provided for, but the quarters that are provided at 
San Carlos, Baines and places of m similar nature 
are nut very apt to create in the minds of newly em- 
ployed men a great desire to remain with us, ati-l vet 
some people wonder why the men don't stay. 
Things look different from the windows of an 

office furnished with quartered oak tables and 
chairs and the floor covered with fine carpet* 
than they would if one was housed in a box-car 
that was provided with a roof that compelled you 
to stoop over every time you stood up or else 
nm the risk of fracturing your skull on the croaa- 
pieces in the roof. However, we have been prom- 
ised this would all be remedied and anticipation 
is half the pleasure we get out of this life any- 
way, so we are anticipating with much pleasure 
the doing away with box-cars for offices and living 

Bro. Stout, at Burnham, having a hard time to 
keep from being sick. We hope be will pull 
through. "SX" says that five-dollar raise is good 
for a trip to Elitches Gardens twice a month this 

Bro. Richards, at Ft. Logan, just back from a 
well-earned vacation, being relieved by Bro. C. 
M. Bowen, from LaVeta nights, which position 
be was obliged to give up on account of being 
unable to stand night work. Hope Bro. Bowen 
will improve rapidly and be able to return to his 
old position. 

Billy Cuthbert drew his old job at Littleton days, 
when it was re-opened. 

Bro. L. Sutton, from Sedalia, going to Toluca 
as agent. Sut says that ten-dollar raise there 
made things look different. 

Bro. J. E. Bobbitt drew Sedalia agency and will 
now work while the stm shines and sleep nights 
without drawing any pay for it. 

Castle Rock depot had much-neeided improve- 
ments made. The brothers at that point can now 
see them coming from both directions without 
going outside. Oh, yes, almost forgot Bro. Kjscn- 
baum, of Castle Rock, is off for thirty day*, 
uking his wedding trip, having been wedded to 
one of Castle Rock'* most popular and lovable 
young ladies, the first week in Jime. We wish 
them continued happiness and prosperity through 

Sister Murphy, at Larkspur, getting most too 
much of our continuous overtime. You should 
ask for a night man, sister; don't be bashful; it'* 
a well-known fact one should be at that station. 
Sixteen hours a day is too much to ask of a 
telegrapher, especially when it's a regular thing. 

Bro. Honnold, at Husted, is taking a long leave 
of absence and visiting in the Ea*t, being relieved 
by Bro. Hoffman, from Pikeview nighu, he in 
turn being relieved by Bro. D. E. Webb, who was 
with us a while last year. 

Bro. Gordon, at Colorado Springs days, off a 
few days this month resting up and getting in 
line for the tourist rush this summer, being re- 
lieved by Bro. McGowen. 

Bro. Morris, at Ketker nights, off on account 
of sickness in his family; trust he will soon be 
able to resume duty. 

We find Bro. Ewing, our Local Chairman, back 
at his old job in "SB," Pueblo. He seem* to 
have been very much impressed with the beauty 
of the Twin Cities, and reports a -very enjoyable 
trip to the convention. 

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Bro. F. H. Hdcher, from Portland nights, drew 
Sab Creek nights and has been transferred to 
that position. Says it's certainly better than 
making expense bills and taking care of the signal 
Hgbta at Portland. Something should be done to 
r«lwTC the night telegrapher at Portland from the 
iuty of taking care of eight signal lights, es- 
pecially when there is a section gang at that point. 

Bro. Wm. Edson and Bro. Huffmaster are get- 
ting much good information in the matter of dry 
{aiming at Larimer, where the Seva Co. are 
farming on a large scale. 

Bro. Jones, at Cuchara, attending court at Wal- 
aens this week, being relieved by Bro. Butler, with 
Apache closed to enable Bro. Jenkins to do the 
night sttmt at Cuchara. Here's a job that certainly 
ahonld be a three-man job at all times. 

Bro. F. R. Brown, at Barnes, is wearing a smile 
He's to have the Apishapa depot in place of hia 
palatial box-cars. 

Bro. Chas. Merrow, at Goonight, off a couple 
days this month account of the death of one of 
his friends. 

Bro. Laizure, at Portland as agent, has at last 
ancceeded in getting the much-needed help for that 

Bro. Marquis, from Florence, accompanied by 
Bros, Ewing and Aiken, caught most of the fish 
in the Cottonwood last Sunday. Our old stand- 
by, Bro. Alien, piloted them to the beat places. 

Bro. A. H. Copley, agent at Howard, is taking 
• moch-aeeded hqr-off, being relieved by Bro. 
J. IC. Robinson. 

Bro. H. £. Happy, at Cleora nights, went <o 
Pueblo to meet his family last week. Trust he 
is going to be a fixture with us. 

This is our first effort in many years at a 
write-up, but Bro. Aiken is getting us all stirred 
up. Keep the ball rolling and we will reap untold 
benefits. Always bear in mind our schedule was 
given us by our general oflScers and that they 
e:q>ect it to be observed, not only by us, ' but in 
return they look for better interest to be displayed 
by the men. See that you do your part. Our 
chief dispatcher, Mr. L. P. Houseman, is one in 
whom we all have a friend if we will but do as 
we should. Csar. io6. 

Firtt Divuun, Third and Fourfh Districtt, South 

Well, boys, here is where I get busy for s few 
minutes and give you a few items from the good 
old "49." I haven't seen anything in the journal 
from the south end for about two months and 
this all charged to me, but it was not my fault. 
If it were not for our Assistant Secretary, Bro. 
F. R. Brown, and Bro. Fridy, at Graneros, I 
don't think it would be possible for me to get 
anything out for our division. I have written 
to most all of the boys along the line and they 
positively ignore my letters. 

We have no room to Idcx about the way things 
are going, as we have only one non on the south 
end, or perhaps two, and if nothing happens Bro. 
Brown will soon have them, or at least one of 

them; the other one is going to be rather hard 
to land. 

Bro. C A. Wright, of "Old Rouse," u the 
proud possessor of 35 O. R. T. cards. How is 
that for being an old-timer? 

We are all glad to hear that P. D. Leonard, 
the "old-timer" at Chicosa Jet., has sent in his 
money and will soon be a full-fledged member. 
Let the good work go on; every little bit helps. 

Bro. E. T. Sparks, now at San Carlos nights, 
drew that place on the recent bulletin. 

Bro. J. V. Earhart, who captured the night job 
at Verde, is still there and is doing the "batch- 
ing" act to a queen's taste. 

Bro. Domka went from Salt Creek to Portland 
days; he was relieved by Bro. C. J. Pinkston, who 
worked few weeks there. He has now resigned 
and gone to Trinidad to accept a position with 
the C. ft S. A Mr. J. M. Lowery is working 
there now. 

Larimer baa had seversl new men lately, some 
of them were only there two or three nights each, 
and one man only stayed there about twenty 
minutes when our worthy chief took him away 
and seat him some place on the west end. On 
May syth Bro. J. V. Huffmaster showed up there 
to work aa night man. He is still there. 

Bro, C L Helber is at Huerfano nights, which 
job he drew on bulletin; he also is his own house- 

Bro. A. K. Wood is bsck to his old stamping 
grounds at .^>acbe; he was away on a hunting 
and fishing trip for thirty days. 

Bro. C M. Bowen, of LaVeta, was in the 
hospital at Salida for a short time, but when the 
job as agent at Ft. Logan showed up he waa 
able to go and take it for a while; hope to see 
him back on the south end again soon. Bro. 
W. V. Hendricks relieved him and has been there 
ever since. 

Cole, who was agent at Trinidad so long, re- 
signed to go in business for himself, I "ij." He 
waa relieved by Mr. Geo. M. Forreater. Mr. 
Forrester is a fine fellow, and we hope to hear 
of bis application being filed soon. 

I will now cut out and go to dinner. Hope to 
hear from some one else next month. 


Vandalia Ry. 

St. Louis Division, East Subdivision — 

We heard a fellow say the other day: "What's 
the use of you boys putting your money into the 
O. R. T. ? You'll never get anything out of it — 
just throwing your money away." Here is what 
a friend of the writer, who works on a neighboring 
road, says; "This was a $50 job, but since our 
new schedule came into effect it pays $5$, and we 
get an hour for dinner or if the dispatcher is un- 
able to let us go between 1 1 :30 and i o'clock, we 
send in our time for 25 cents, besides thirty min- 
utes out to eat as soon aa possible. I can bank 
00 my 3$ cents every day here, which makes my 
job pay $62.50, or I figure that the O. R. T. in- 
creases my salary $150 per year." Does it pay to 

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stay with the boys? It doetn't take mott of the 
boys long to decide whether it pays or not. 

July ist our semi-annual dues were payable and 
we hope that every one of the boys squared up 
promptly, for to carry an up-todate card is nearly 
as essential as to carry a card at all; so then let 
each member, who has not already done so, send 
in dues at once. When these dues are paid, if 
your insurance is paid six months in advance (and 
we think it a good plan to pay your insurance 
six months at a time), there will be no more ex- 
penses until next January ist. 

We think it an excellent idea for each brother 
who has a friend or personal acquaintance along 
the line, who is a non, to write him a personal 
letter and do all be can to line him up. A word 
from you would influence him more, perhaps, than 
anything anyone else could say or do. If any 
brothers work in an office with a non, do all you 
can to convince him that the best thing he can 
ever do for himself and the rest of the boys is to 
get a card. Keep these things in mind, boys, and 
speak a good word for the O. R. T. every chance 
you get, for these things count more, perhaps, than 
you think. The old saying is indeed true, "Every 
little bit helps." 

Bro. C. Herbert Johnson, days "RS," Reelsville, 
was in Indianapolis one day this month. Mr. H. 
S. Miller, extra telegrapher, relieved him. We are 
glad to hear that Mr. Miller is going to get a card 

Harmony tower has been moved about 400 yards 
east, placing it at the end of the new double track, 
which is being used as a freight running track 
until in condition for fast speed. 

Bro. Smoky Wilson, "BR," Brazil nights, was 
on the wreck car the other day going east. 

Mr. J. S. Jones, agent at "C," Clayton, was off 
duty a couple of weeks this month. Bro. J. W. 
Roach, "GB," Gibson days, run business at the 
station like an old head during his absence. Mr. 
M. L. Tobin, extra telegrapher, relieved Bro. 
Roach at the tower. We were unable to learn 
whether Mr. Tobin carried a card. 

Bro. Pat Sebree, "BR." Brazil days, is sporting 
a new Mecograph transmitting machine, with which 
he is cutting a great dash lately. 

Bro. C. R. Shortridge, "CO," Coatesville days, 
was off duty one day, being relieved by Mr. J. 
Stewart. We are unable to find out whether Mr. 
Stewart ha< a card. 

Bro. L. M. Callecod, formerly a V'andalia man. 
but now regular nights at Markle, Ind., on the 
Big Four, was visiting some of the boys along the 
line the other day. He reports the O. R. T. in 
fine shape over there. We are glad to sec Bro. 
Callecod getting along so well since leaving the 
Vandalia. * 

We noticed Bro, Watt's smiling face on No. 3i 
the other evening, headed for some point west. 

Bro. A. L. Challis, "HN," Harmony days, is 
visiting his people in St. Louis. Mr. J. T. Col- 
hurn, night owl at that place, has condescended to 
take the day trick in the absence of Bro. Challis. 

Bro. H. C. Barnes, "J," Limedale days, has 
accepted "KR." Terre Haute nights. Bro. J. H. 

Harrold has acepted the day position at "J." This 
change putt Era. Harrold right at home, if what 
we hear is correct. 

Bro. O. M. Snyder, "EY," Terre Haute days. 
was off duty a few days. His night man, Bro. 
Geo. Challis, relieved him, Bro. O. Hixon, "SV," 
Seelyville nights, taking the owl trkrk in Bro. 
Challis' place at "EY," and Mr. C. Kipler, extra 
telegrapher, relieving Bro. Hixon at "SV." 

Our chief Dispatcher, Mr. E. A. Hallinin, was 
on No. 24 the other evening waving at the boys 
along the line from the rear platform. 

Bro. J. L. Grogan, "J," Limedale nights, was 
in Indianapolis Memorial Day getting acquainted 
with "Teddy." 

Bro. Chas. Wilson, "WA," Watson njghts, was 
off duty a couple of weeks moving his household 
goods to Brazil, where he will live. He was re- 
lieved by Bro. G. T. Beaber and Mr. H. S. Miller, 
extra telegraphers. 

Bro. Francis, "HB," Hobbs nights, was off duty 
one night; Extra Telegrapher Miller relieved him. 

Bro. C. C. Chesterson has accepted the night 
position at "SU," Summit. Bro. J. H. Harrold. 
wno was regular night man at this tower, going to 
"J," Limedale days. 

Bro. H. E. Stephens, "SA," St. Elmo days, 
visited with friends in Harmony a couple of days. 

Bro. H. C. Barnes, "J," Limedale days, was on 
the sick list a few days this month. Bro. Grogan. 
the owl at that tower, taking the day trick and 
Bro. C. C. Chesterson doing the owl act in Bro. 
Grogan's place. 

We hear that Bro. R. O. Farthing has quit the 
road. Have not heard where he went, but sup- 
pose he was offered something better than the Van 
could give him. We are sorry to lose him. 

Mr. D. T. Presnal, agent "MO," Harmony, was 
on the sick list a couple of weeks. Extra agent, 
Mr. O. C. Morgan, relieved him. 

Mr. J. S, Jones, agent "C," Clayton, was off 
duty one day, having been called to court. Mr. J. 
Stewart, extra man, relieved him. 

Mr. M. W. Bruner, agent "AU," Staunton, was 
off duty a couple of days on account of the death 
of his brother; relieved by Extra Agent C. O. Mor- 

Mr. J. F. Hallinin, "SO." Terre Haute nights, 
but who has been relieving Bro. R. O. Farthing 
at "DS," Terre Haute days, was off duty a couple 
of weeks, being relieved by Bro. W. L. Sbickle, 
regular "K," Terre Haute days. 

New electrical block signals have been installed 
at Reelsville. These signals, which are automati- 
cally operated by electricity, have been placed at 
points about 1500 yards distant each way from the 
tower and stand at caution at all times except 
when a clear signal is displayed at the tower and 
the section of track between these signals is clear; 
otiierwise, a clear signal at the tower would not 
affect the position of these signals. This has al- 
ways been a dangerous piece of track and it it 
hoped that this additional precaution will entirely 
do away with future accidents at this point. 

Regular Coa. 

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It is "due" time you were paying your dues. 
The majority of the members are paying promptly 
and I would like to see the others get in line. 

We have not had many items in The TluokA- 
pHia from our division, as pircuostancea would 
not permit We are now on solid footing and we 
would like to have all the news you can send in. 

We tried to get permission to hold meetings 
along the line at different intervals, but under the 
present circumstances it was not thought advisable, 
although we expect to do this in the near future. 

Bro. Ellis has finished his good work on the 
Michigan Division with results very gratifying to 
the Order and swelling our membership roll until 
I used all the ink I had reporting new members. 
Hope all received cards promptly. 

Ballots for nomination of local chairman have 
been sent out and as only one has been nominated 
(Bro. T. W. Howes, of Cutler, Ind.), the prospects 
of his being elected are favorable. 

Bro. Ellis is now on the Peoria Division and 
from his first report looks like things are coming 
his way, and ours, too. Better report from this 
division next month. 

"■3" the boys on E. & T. H. have money in their 
pockets, waiting for some one to come along and 
explain the Order to them and take their money 
and applications, "ij" the boys on the G. R. ft I. 
are in the same boat All out of gratitude for the 
nine-hour law. 

Last, but not least, send in your items to yout 
local secretary so he can get them together and 
forward them to Bro. Quick by the 35th of each 
month, then they will come out all under the same 
heading. I noticed we had items in two different 
places last month (May) under two different head- 
ings. Div. Cot. 

Chicago, Indiana & Southern Ry. 

Well, have you paid your dues for the new 
term? On this date, June isth, an astonishingly 
large number have already remitted, and if the 
rest would do likewise, the Secretary would not 
have to work as bard as usual, getting out cir- 
culars tn delinquents. Have you returned your 
information blank to your Local Chairman, as 
requested in my circular? 

We expect to do business in July and don't 
want to have to hang back on any account, such 
as not having any information as to what w« 
want at various stations. 

J. W. Driscoll, having found South Bend too 
large a place, has gone to Kankakee to rusticate 
with Bro. Wright. 

Am sorry to hear McNabb has lost its night 
man, but we can see by that what straits the com- 
pany are in for men. It is no idle word to say 
that every man on the C, I. ft S. could quit 
tomorrow and better himself on some scheduled 
road the next day. In fact, if things keep on the 
way they are going, we can expect the larger 
roads to pay a premium to a telegrapher if he 
will agree to work for them. The Southern Pacific 
wants a man to guarantee to work for them at 
least three or six months before they will give 
him transportation. They find there are so many 

openings for good telegraphera it is bard to hang 
on to them. 

Whaf s the matter with Ladd. From the name 
you wouldn't thtnk much of it, but they are men 
and good workers there. Don't many nons get 
by them. 

How is South Bend coming along now; don't 
hesr much since J. W. D. left the place 

I understand they have moved the offices from 
Hammond to Gibson. Suppose rent was getting 
too high in Hammond. 

I should like to get two good correspondents on 
the Kankakee Division, and two on the Danville 
Branch, to send the Secretary notes, not later 
than the 15th of each month, so he can have them 
inserted in Th> TiLtoaArHn regularly. This 
will keep our members advised of changes, news, 
etc. I will leave it to the Local Chairmen on 
these Divisions to appoint two men from each 
Division, one at each end, with instrtictions to 
cover his territory thoroughly and send any iiews 
to me. In this way we can let our members know 
what is going on on the System not in their im- 
mediate territory. We are allowed space in Thx 
TsLBCKAPHXi, and I see no reason why we should 
not use it. 

Mr. Hartigan, at North Judson, has promised 
to come over, and think, before this reaches you, 
he will be with us not only in spirit but in per- 

There are a few still holding back, waiting for 
others to push the thing to the top of the hill, 
then they think they will get on and ride down 
the boulevard. Perhaps they will; but you would 
think they would have manhood enough to push 
just a little if it would lighten the burden of the 
rest of the men. * 

Now, brothers, refer to President Perbam's 
letter, and don't let us have any students along 
the C, I. & S. We are going to legislate in a 
short while and don't want the company to have 
any students at the various stations to play against 
us. Kindly give this your attention. 

Now, let us have some good, live notes from 
our Division Correspondents for use in the next 
issue. Geo. H. O'BaitN, Stc'y. 

Friaco Ry. 

Osark Division - 

June 3jd we held a meeting of the telegraphers 
of the Memphis and Ozark districts at Thayer, 
and I am glad to say we had a nice crowd, eleven 
good and true Order boys. 

I received the applications of Mr. Wayland and 
Mr. Sullins, agent and day telegrapher at Black 
Rock. Mr. Sullins received bis $10 raise and 
forked over and did the proper thing. 

Our new schedule is a "peacberino." Every- 
body gets from $5 to $is raise. The $75 mini- 
mum will be a reality on this pike before many 

There has been more or less disappointment in 
regard to the eight-hour law not being put into 
effect in Arkansas and Missouri, but the Attorney 
General of Arkansas has just filed suit against 
the St. L., I. M. ft S. to compel thrm to obey the 

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law, and I "ij" before many day* the lame action 
will be taken in Miaaouri. 

We are at prenent reiy abort of men, but all it 
takea to aecure firat-claaa men, who are now em- 
ployed outaide of tbe railroad aerrice, ia a good 
aalary and improved worlrinit conditiona. 

Have yon received the circular from otir Prcri- 
dent aalring for information in regard to number 
of unemployed telegraphers in your locality? This 
is of vital importance and abould be answered 
immediately, and make it aa accurate as you pos- 
sibly can. Cut. 596. 

Pennsylvania Railway. 

AUtgktny Dwition — 

Tbe main aubject of discussion on this division 
is tbe open meetings, which are being held 
at various points and which 'are proving very 
successfuL On June 16th one waa held at Brook- 
ville, being attended by about thirty telegraphers, 
including five nons, three of whom filed their ap- 
plications, the other two promising to do so next 
pay-day. The meeting at Foxbury on June 3otb 
waa even more succesaful, and the committee 
having these affairs in charge feel very much 
encouraged and promise more in the near futtu-e. 
Tbe next one will probably be held in Kittaming 
early in August 

Mrs. E. A. Mercer, of Sabula, was tbe only 
lady telegrapher in attendance at the Brookville 
meeting, and she is to be complimented on the 
display of moral courage which brought her before 
a crowd of men. However, she was in search of 
truth, and when that was revealed to her she 
"signed up" immediately and is now a full-fledged 

Bro. J. A. Beal has been enjoying his annual 
vacation, being relieved as agent at Wood Hill by 
Bro. C. H. Billiard, who in turn was relieved 
by P. C Elder, a former member, who promises 
to rejoin after next pay-day. 

Mr. O. T. Beatty is now tbe regular night man 
at Venango scalea. He has called for the neces- 
sary blanka and we hope to call him brother 
before this reaches print. 

Bro. C M. Conley haa resigned to accept a 
position on tbe pipe line. He ia relieved at 
Parker nights by extra telegrapher Bro. Logue. 

Brandon and Dotter, which have been telephone 
offices for the past few years, have been re-opened 
as telegraph officca. The telephone is claimed to 
be unaafe and unsatisfactory, and is being dis- 
continued as fast as telegraphers can be aecured. 
Bro. A. C. McCormick was the successful 
bidder for the "big" job at Pbillipston. He waa 
relieved at "SK" tower by Bro. Green. 

Sister Cutneen has returned to duty at "KG," 
Kituning, after an absence of several weeks at 
her home in Elmira, N. Y. 

Bro. H, W. Carrier, of Summerville, was off 
for a short vacation recently. 

On June i$th Cupid scored another victory, the 
latest victim being Bro. W. P. Bums, who on that 
date became the proud husband of Mias Florence 
Seaae, a highly accomplished and charming young 
lady of I.awrencevillc The happy couple left 

immediately after the ceremony for Atlantic City, 
New York and other poinu of interest in the East 
A large circle of frienda and relative* join in 
wishing them a long, luppy and prosperous life. 

Bro. P. F. Daily ha* reaigned as agent at 
Bennezette and ha* accepted a better position 
on the P. ft L. E. We are aorry to have Bro. 
Daily leave thia division and our best wiahe* 
are with him. 

There are many other changes, but I dare not 
take up any more space this time, so will conclude 
by urging every member on the division to re- 
double hi* efforts in going after the nona, and 
encouraging such of our membera aa may have 
become lukewarm and show a tendency to neglect 
to pay their dues. Kemember, a member saved 
is a member gained. 

By referring to the aecretary'a report you will 
.note that the "Valley" contributed twenty-four 
new members as against fifteen by the next nearest 
competitor; that means, and I say it with due 
regard for the members on the other divisions, 
that we have the best, most loyal set of hustler* 
that ever was seen on any one division. May 
your efforts be crowned with complete sncceas. 


Pittsburg Divuien — 

News has been somewhat scarce from the Pitia- 
buri,' Division for several months past Kot be- 
cause of lack of interest, but pressing ousiness 
mixed with some oversights and inability to get 
news from over the division. If your correspondent 
is entitled to a reprimand, pile it on. Good medi- 
cine of the proper kind is often effective. Will 
try and make it more interesting in the future 
with help from the brothers. 

Semi-annual dues are due and payable, and all 
member* should pay up early and be in the front 
Sixty days in arreara makes you non-beneficial 
both in local benefits and the M. B. Department 
It ia true that we have some members who are 
never beneficial, but not suspendable. No one knows 
when sickness will overtake them, and it is not 
a pleasant thing for the officers of your local to 
be in a poaition not to help yon. Wc have law* 
governing thi* department and they muat be 
strictly complied with. W« have had aoroc anch 
caae* dnrlng past year, and I urge membera to be 
mindful of thia fact, and protect yonraelvea by 
always being in good standing. 

Fourteen applications, all from P. R. R., were 
favorably acted on at meeting of June aad, aome 
from telegraphera old in the service. Thia is very 
gratifying indeed, and the outlook for many more 
is good. Keep after tbe nona, brothers and sisters, 
and the time ought to soon come when nons w'U 
be as scarce as hair on some bald beads. There 
ia no excuse after conaidering what haa been 
done during past two years. 

Three new tricks have been created in "OD" 
ofiice in order to handle the increase in busine**, 
which is largely due to the fact tliat a new gen- 
eral superintendent with offices in Union Station, 
has been created. Bros. Cummings, from "GH," 
and Foster, from Youngwood, and Mr. Ameigli, 
from "SO" office, have been placed on these tricte. 

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Mr. Amei(h'« application is pending so wc can 
call him safe. 

Up-to-date cards are nomerotu in "OD" office, 
but tliere are a few who ought to get in. Carry 
a card and jrou an with us; without one you arc 
against ns. Sympathy is a mean helper. Get wise 
and act wise. 

Bro. Geo. Whitaker, "OD" office, haa returned 
from his racation looking very fine. He visited 
sereral cities in the East, including New York. 
While in New York Geo. took some interest in 
immigration, and desiring to see some of the selects 
land on the shores of freedom, endeavored to get 
over to Ellis Island. The officers refused him 
permission to go over. Finally Geo. pulled his 
O. R. T. card out and asked if that was good. 
The officer smilingly said go get on that tug and 
go over. Probably Geo. can advance some ideas 
as to immigration laws after seeing three boat- 
loads land. 

We certainly have some hustling sisters on the 
Pittsburg Division; always to the front and taking 
advantage of every opportunity to get the scalp 
of a non. 

Bro. WenU, at "CM," Chairman of the Social 
Committee, and his staff of assistants, are the 
right people in the right place. The euchre and 
eatings after our short meeting of June asnd was 
a decided success. 

The local committee of seven members met 
Superintendent Morrow and Division Operator 
Murphy June 17th, to take up a number of griev- 
ances. The meeting was very harmonious and we 
have every reason to believe that good results 
will be accomplished. The outcome is not defi- 
nitely known at this time. 

Mr. Morrow expressed a desire that all teleg- 
raphers give their best attention to the movement 
of traina over the division, especially passenger 
movement, and endeavor to reduce all delays to 
a minimum. We have always stood for good ser- 
vice, and ask the telegraphers through these col- 
tmins to be mindful of the fact at all times, and 
that the faithful performance of your duty helps 
to uplift the profession and advance wages. 

All telegraphers in the service three years now 
have their passes over the division. I bdieve this 
concession is appreciated by every one. There ia 
nothing like having the ready paper in your pocket, 
especially when you want to take a trip and haven't 
your mind made up until the train ia about due. 

Bros. Stincmyer and Daymude are evidently on 
the water wagon. They were seen carrying two 
large bottles of water the night of the euchre. 
Bro. Stinemyer also had the poaition of ice man, 
carrying 100 pounds about four blocks. Fine 

Bro. Kolb, "WK," is wearing an extra smile 
and a nice O. R. T. button, which he won as 
first prize at the euchre. Kiao. 

Bro. E. J. Koop, third trick telegrapher at "WB," 
is enjoying a well-earned vacation. He wUl vialt 
bis parents ' who reside in Elmira, N. Y. Bro. 
A. W. Howard is doing the heavy act during Bra. 
Koop's absence. 

One of our brothers, who works on the Mon- 
ongahela Diviaion of the P. R. R., is anxious t* 
know where the buckets are now going to be made 
since the "bucket shops" in this State have been 

On or shortly after July lat the block system 
will be insulted on the "RS" branch of the 
Monongahela Division, and interlocking plant will 
be installed in "WB" tower. 

We "13" that Mr. R. A. McCarty, ist trick 
telegrapher at "GX" tower, and Mr. J. T. 
McCleary, day telegrapher at "SA" tower, have 
forwarded their applications to become members 
of 5a. There are two nons at "FI" tower, one 
not yet eligible on account of new beginner, the 
other one needs a little stirring up. 

CiBT. loa AND 27J. 

Monongahtla Division — 

Bro. C. A. Murphy, first trick dispatcher at 
West Brownsville Jet, is off duty on account of 
sickness. Mr. Minehart, extra diqwtcher, is work- 
ing third trick to fill the vacancy. 

Salt Lake Rout*. 

The advertising symbol of the S. P. L. A. & 
S. L. Ry is the arrowhead and on all literature and 
stationery of the company appears the mystic 
point. In the mountains near San Bernardino, 
Cal., is a great expanse of soil and foliage, much 
lighter than the surrounding hillside, shaped like 
an arrowhead, and from this the symbol comes. 
But ancient tradition tells us that this great sign 
in the mountain was so placed that desert travelers 
might be guided to its point, thereby finding water, 
that element so much sought by all in these arid 

But it will require an arrowhead of greater pro- 
portions to bring some telegraphers to the right 
trail. Many have found the way safely them- 
selves; others have been shown and have taken ad- 
vantage; while others (and there are very few 
left), are like the mule that can be led to water, 
but can't be made to drink. 

Those of us who keep posted on labor questions, 
the various eight-hour laws in different States; the 
nine-hour law which takes effect next spring; and 
the wages paid to other railroad employee, etc., aa 
compared with those we are enjoying, stand aghast 
at the tenacity with which some non-membcn still 
cling to their belief that the O. R. f. has done and 
will do no good for any telegrapher. 

We have but to look about us, only a few scorce 
of miles, to see proof after proof, that thorough 
organization is a better paying investment than any 
savings bank. There is hardly a road west of 
Denver that pays as low as this line, desert or no 
desert. It is true the eight-hour law has been a 
benefit to some, but reduced the earnings of others 
until now many telegraphers are only able to draw 
$70 per month, with the grocery store hundreds of 
miles away. 

But the arrowhead pointed aright for some, and 
perhaps before this letter ia seen in print, the 
effect of it will be seen. Certain onea among us 
advocated a system division, and sent out a peti- 

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tion to be signed. To the surprise of sitowed 
a membership on this road of fully 80 per cent, 
and the petition was signed by every member in 
good standing to whom it was presented, from 
Salt Lake City to San Pedro. Such a result was 
entirely unexpected and goes to show what we may 
expect in future support. Among a few non.mem- 
bers a majority have already sent for application 
blanks and rates, and seem surprised at themselves 
that they have been out of the O. R. T. at all, for 
most of the telegraphers on this road arc or have 
been members. 

Among the members who signed for the peti- 
tion are some from the Can. Pac. and from the 
A. C. L., and just as far in other directions. The 
forming of this system division will centralize our 
efforts and without a doubt result in relief of bad 
conditions, no matter in what form presented. 
Telegraphers are very scarce indeed, in all parts 
of the United States, and especially so in the 
West. It can not be wondered at when men have 
to be brought from east of the Mississippi, travel 
three days, pass the severest of physical, mental 
and moral tests, and then be sent to a $70 job, 
where the temperature climbs to 130 degrees. We 
who have been here in summer know this, but 
othera do not and so many stay but a day or a 
week and are gone to that land where canned milk 
and canned everything else is unknown. When 
minimum wages are climbing in the East to equal 
our own, men will not come to this "Sahara." 
Even the Eastern roatls have to advertize for peo- 
ple who can telegraph, among which are: B. & O, 
Ry., minimum $55; Nor. Pac. Ry., salary $60 to 
$90, with commission and living rooms; Can. 
Northern with a probably minimum of $65 or bet- 
ter; the Kansas City Southern Ry. with about $ss 
minimum. If you compare these with some con- 
ditions to be found on this line, you will find 
the solution to the "scarcity of men" question. 
Some old telegrapher remarked: "I have waited 
forty years for the time when our talent would be 
advertised for. I'm glad I lived this long." Gen- 
tlemen, stop and think. This grand condition was 
brought about by nothing so much as organization, 
and it is your duty to yourself, your family and 
your brother workers to bend every effort to per- 
fect the O. R. T. Millions are spent in a year In 
defeat organization of various trades. Is not this 
proof positive that you must protect yourself by 
similar combination? There is no argument or 
earth to dispute it • 

Any non-member wishing blank applications ur 
any member wishing to send in notes for publica- 
tion may address Box 134, Las Vegas, Nev. 

Gold Buitb. 

Salt Lake Division — 

Beginning at the eastern end of the road, we 
find many recent changes; in fact, too many to 
justify mentioning all. 

From the general office we learn that A. W. 
Hayes and O. A.'Tallman, of that office, are en- 
joying several weeks' vacation in the Yellowstone 
National Park. These men are verv popular and 

the souvenir cards received from them are valued 
like gold nuggets. 

L G. Campbell, formerly at Las Vegas, Nev., 
is now located at the Salt Lake general office. 

O. O. Cowan, formerly at Faust, Utah, is now at 
Buena Vista. Utah, a little closer to the great 
Western summer resort. 

Bert Mooney, an old-timer in the West, is one 
of the popular and e6Scient dispatchers at Salt 
Lake, and has many old friends out on the line. 

A new man in the profession is Fred Ross at 
Lund, but promises to make good in a short time. 
He has been caller at Milford. 

Modena seems to be hard to fill, as many night 
men of ' indifferent quality, have come and gone 
recently. Inasmuch as this place pays $6$ for 
twelve hours' work we simply sympathize. Agent 
Stice keeps busy and tries not to worry. 

Just over the line in Nevada they enjoy the 
eight-hour law. 

At Caliente, a dispatcher's office, various men 
have stopped and looked, only to pass it up. This 
important point pays $75 and works eight hours. 
The dispatchers are paid $145. The present chief 
dispatcher, Mr. J. 3eck, is big in both heart and 
body, and is said to be close to an ideal. Mr. 
McClurg. the second tricker, is about to leave for 
other fields, much to the regret of all. Our best 
wishes follow. Mr. H. R. Harris, recently of Las 
Vegas, now adorns the train sheet with his fine 
Italian fist, during the third trick hours. Good 

Three newcomers in one family are to be found 
at Carp, our old friend G. B. Fedrick being the 
head. Mrs. Alice Fedrick will soon preside over 
one of the stations on this district, and we must 
all be on our good manners. Be a gentleman, even 
if you do bate the country. 

J. A. Enger, agent at Moapa, is in the midst of 
a bumper melon and fruit crop, and will need sev- 
eral burros to haul away his commission when the 
season is over. Mr. Feldt is the night man. A 
new depot has been erected here recently. 

Some of the swiftest men on the road are to be 
found at the slowest places. C. P. Moriarty, at 
Dry Lake, second trick, can show them all tricks 
on the mill and sending bulletins. 

Former agent C. M. Temple, of Moapa. is now 
engaged in managing and operating a large mining 
concern, the Cedar Basin and Nevada Gold Min- 
ing Co. He is located at Gold Butte, Nev., near 
which the various claims are located and last re- 
ports indicated the realization of the most san- 
guine hopes of those interested. Most of the Salt 
Lake road's oflkials are heavily interested and 
stock at any price wilt soon be withdrawn from the 
market. Temple is an old pal of more than one 
of us on this line, and his success is our pleasure. 
F. F. Gunn, formerly agent at Moapa, is now en- 
gaged in the produce and supply business of all 
kinds, having stores at Moapa and various points 
on the Muddy River. No doubt his ad. will ap- 
pear in a later issue. He is also an officer of the 
above mining company, owning several thotisand 
shares. Cnr. layi. 

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Gtntral Outlook — 

A* our Salt Lake Div. brother decided to write 
a genera] aitoatioii letter, there will be little left 
to be aaid on that subject, but we will say that the 
general outlook is about So per cent solid O. R. T. 
as Hi as we have ascertained, with the nooks and 
comers yet to bear from. No doubt by the time 
this goes to print the S. P. L. A. ft S. L. System 
Division will be a reality, at which time we may 
be able to nuke personal mention, for the entire 
system, without any danger of defeating our pres- 
ent purposes. 

Th* Outlook Lot AngtUs DiviHon — 

Very few olEces along this dirision can be found ' 
with a non-member. The relay oflices, three in 
number, have the majority in our favor, and most 
of them actual members. One, the most impor- 
tant relay o<ke on the system, we found to contain 
one member, while three others had simply failed 
to keep up principally on account of the lack of 
activity on the system, and one of these has paid 
up and will be up to date before this is printed, 
while the other two will make new applications, 
having voluntarily asked for blanks. 

Surprising what we found when once we became 
active. On each and every subdivision, five of them 
in all, we found one to three live members, who, 
however, had failed to get in touch with those of 
the other divisions. Within three days these brothers 
were corresponding with each other like old friends, 
and every member was looking around to see where 
his neighbors stood. Then came the short notes: 
"Can you spare me a set of blanks?" "Please send 
'XZ' two sets of blanks," and most of these we 
found were at one time active members, just 
dropped out After this came the new ones. 
From every non qtuuter came the same cry for 
blanks, and the writer had to dig way down in his 
trunk and get out a large package of appluation 
blanks which were left over from the days gone 
by when the movement of reorganizing a division 
of the Southern Pacific and later organising the E. 
P. ft N. E. was being made. 

Now the Los Angeles Division of the S. P. L. A. 
& S. L. will compare favorably with any old or- 
ganized road. 

Dispatcher Esender is off on a vacation, A. W. 
Hayes filling the third trick. 

One of the officials of the telegraph dcpartmnt 
after coming down the road recently remarked that 
the telegraphers all had a peculiar look in their 
eyes lately, and the telegraph department is giving 
better service than ever before. Wonder what that 
means? A better class of men, which you will 
always find when they begin to get "alive." 

Night Chief Retzer, of general office, Los An- 
geles, is putting in all of his spare time on "electri- 
cal engineering." We hope he has great success. 

H. M. Gill, owl from Ontario, Cal., is on his 
way to visit the old home in Kansas City for sixty 
days, ia being relieved by'W. D. Doty, of the Coast 
Line Southern Pacific Ry. 

We are glad to aee L. L. Eden back with us, 
after having been in service in another department 

for some time, now located as day chief at Otis, 

The office has been moved from El Ora to Ames, 
Cal., John Gibson now in charge. 

On account of the eight-hour law A. O. Poole 
has been added to the force at Jean, Nevada; L. 
E. Simmons at Araen, Nev.; R. W. Keyes and 
O. D. Day at Las Vegas, Nev. Some one aaid the 
boys at Las Vegas didn't seem to care if it was 
known that Las Vegas was solid. 

We have very little of Nevada in our division, 
most of it being on the Salt Lake Division. How- 
ever, the eight-hour law on that diviaion is strictly 
adhered to by the company and the telegraphers. 

The warm weather down through this part of the 
coimtry makes some feel that if the seniority 
clause was in vogue here now, we would like tu 
fill the places of some non down where the Fink- 
bine blooms, and the Hiller climbs the orange tree, 
while the Butterfield gives its spring-like leaf a 
tinge of the Old Irish colors. 

Now, don't think because we didn't say much 
about the San Pedro Division that we are not 
posted. A couple of brothers enjoy the sea breeze 
there, while the two along the line are looking 
hopefully forward to toe time when the few re- 
maining nons will get enough salary to be able to 
read the papers and find out what the world of 
labor is doing. 

Some agencies along the I.0S Angeles Division 
pay aa low as $50 per month, while their brothers 
along the S. P. have a minimum of $75 and com- 
missions. And yet we have in mind one or two 
who can't see where the O. R. T. will do any good. 

Bro. Geo. A. Crabb, of Div. 23, shook hands 
with us a few days ago. He is on his vacation 
trip, from the C. M. ft St. P. 

Bro. Brice, from Los Angeles, dropped in long 
enough to make himself known yesterday. Salaries 
too low for him to stop out here. Anon. 

N. Y., O. A W. Ry. 

There was a meeting at Cadosia, N. Y. Sun- 
day, June i6th, forty members being present, 
which is a sure indication that our line is fast 
nearing the solid stage. It was decided that 
Division so should give a grand ball some time 
this coming fall, and a committee waa appointed 
to make the necessary arrangements. It is likely 
that either Sidney or Walton will be chosen as 
the most available point for all to reach. As this 
will be the first entertainment ever given by this 
Division, it will no doubt be looked forward to 
with no little interest as the time approaches. 

Bro. Samuel Darby has accepted the position as 
day telegrapher at Ellenville made vacant by Br'o. 
Fox taking the new relief job. 

Bro. Harry Borland, relief telegrapher, who haa 
been covering the night trick at Young's Gap for 
some time, is relieving Mr. Rogers at "GS," New 

On June 7th, the double track was resumed at 
Sands, doing away with the two offices there. 

Bro. Francisco, night signalman at Burnsidc 
Tower, has resigned to accept a position with a 

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firm of broken, near Scranton, Fa. Mr. Crams 
if temporarily in charge at "RX" nigfata. 

Bro. Talmage, night telegrapher at "MB," 
Sands, has resigned and gone into the photo- 
graph basioess at East Branch. 

Owing to the shortage of telegraphers, Liberty 
baa been closed for sercral nights. Bros. Allen, 
of Monntaindale, and Winters, of Centenrille, 
each worked a night there. 

Bro. Mulligan, who has been covering the day 
signalman's position at Bumside tower, has gone 
to Liberty for night duty for a short time. 

Our General Chairman, Bro. Cochran, informs 
us we may now call over 90 per cent of the boys 
on this pike brother, and applications coming in 
every day. . 

Bro. S. Fish, agent at Little Britain, was off 
for a few days recently, to attend the funeral of 
a friend. He was relieved by Bro. Scl^lett, night 
telegrapher at Summitville. CoaaispoiiDiHT. 

L. V. & T. Ry. 

Although this is a small bit of railroad it pays 
big minimum, and has up-to-date and experienced 
railroad men in its employ. ' Good thingi some- 
times come in small packages. The L V. ft T. is a 
very important link in the railroads serving the 
great mining districts of Nevada, and extends from 
Las Vegas, Nev., to RhyoUte, is] miles. Its 
northern outlet is the Btillfrog and Goldfield. 
ConstrtKtion is still going on at a rapid rate and 
there is no telling where it will stop in these days 
of discovery of millions in mines. 

The salary at most sutions on the L V. ft T. is 
$135 per month, but this is partly because of very 
high living expenses. There are at present seven 
offices open, but this will be doubled in a short 
time. The dispatcher's office is at Las Vegas, 
where the road connects with the S. P. L A. ft 
S. L. 

A recent newcomer at Beatty is C. A. Lnckfield, 
formerly agent on the Los Angeles Division of 
the S. P. Here is one of the busiest points of the 
State. Mr. Luckfield is employed by the T. ft G. 

Gold Center office was temporarily closed a 
short time ago. 

Business is on the increase constantly and this 
winter will see more progress made in mining in 
these districts than ever before. BoLLFaoc. 

E. P. A 8. W. Ry. 

Have just finished reading the June number. 
Everything was good, but I was especially inter- 
ested in what Cert 140, Division 59, had to say 
about the telegraphers' wages compared with others. 
All railroad telegraphers have put more or less 
time and money in learning their profession, and 
now what do they get for it. Look at the street 
laborer and at the negro working with pick and 
shovel. Many can no more than write their names. 
None work more than ten hours, the majority for 
only eight or nine hours per day, receiving from 
20 to 35 cents per hour, working six days in the 
week, and by putting in a few minutes extra time 

through the week, get off at 4 o'clock Saturday 
evening. The telegrapher sees them going home, 
but continues his work until j o'clock or later, 
and gets home in time for an 8 o'clock supper. 
His evening is gone. The next day is. Sunday, 
but it is all the same to him, as he drags himself 
back to the office to be on duty for twelve more 
long hours, while the night man goes home and 
shuts himself in from the pretty day and his 
friends who are enjoying it, and triea to get a 
little sleep. What do they get for their work? 
Thousands receive the princely salary of from $50 
to $6a per month, amounting to 14, 1$ or 16 cents 
per hour. I could write pages, but this is enough. 
I say we have a right to lack. An eight-hour day 
and a $7$ minimum would not l>e so bad. Let's 
get it Let us all get in line and be ready to do 
business when the right time comes. 

If you haven't an up-to-date card, get one. It 
will do no good to put it off. Get in line. 

C»T. ia6. 

New York Central Ry. 

Hudson Divition — 

I failed to find anything in last issue of the 
journal. I presume because I failed to send items 
on account of attending the convention. Well, we 
are here with a few words and we were all at the 
meeting last month. If you have doubts about our 
getting the members to attend meetings come to 
our next and be convinced to the contrary. It was 
a metropolitan meeting in a decidedly rural town, 
as Bro. Burna remarked: "They seemed to come 
out of the woods from all directions." 

C M. E. boys availed themselves of the oppor- 
tunity to attend and we have their assurance of 
future visits on these occasions. 

I presume you boys know we have a change 
in management of the division south of B. S. 8. 
Mr. Foshen's territory does not go below BS 8. 
The result of this change is that men south of 
BS 8 have no righta from BS 8 north, and vice 
versa with men north of Be 8. 

I must make mention of the fact of steady in- 
crease in membership. Thirty-five new members 
since March ist and still coming. We want every- 
one to work with the end in view of securing 
thorough organisation on this road. And I wish 
to say to every member through the journal that 
it is our duty to the company and our organization 
to give our employers good service. Let our card 
be a standard of merit, and by so doing we are 
bound to succeed. J. B. Wot, 

Local Chairman. 

R. W. A O. Division, Wtst End— 

I suppose you fellows wonder why you never see 
anything from the west end of the R. W. ft O.? 
The reason is very simple, no one writes a line. 
Seems some of our good brothers might spare a 
few minutes of their time once a month to say a 
few words for their own good. 

Everything seems to be moving along slowly 
just now. All the boys seem contented, and wish- 
ing that the peaches would soon come along. They 

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all nirvi*«d kit leasoii and thinli they can atand 
another lift 

W« are i^ to lay that we have very few nona 
upon thia end. There are two in particnlar that 
seem to be fireproof and airtight. One of them, 
Mr. Brown, lays that be doea not care about join- 
ing the Order, bnt at the same time ia alwaya 
ready to accept anything that the Order aecurea 
for bim, such as OYcrtime, better working condi- 
tions, etc. 

All the boys have returned from the convention, 
and express themselves as perfectly satisfied with 
all the proceedings at Minneapolis. Bro. Brad- 
shaw, from the west end, just returned a few days 

We are gbd to see Bro. Squires again on his 
job at Kendall. Bro. Squires has been enjoying a 
trip to the Pacific Coast. Seems he might get 
buay and give us a line-up of what he has been 
doing in the wild and woolly West. 

How many of the brothers have their dues paid 
for the next six months? Get busy, boys, don't 
let Bro. Quick write asking you if you intend to 
square yourself. Cut. 609. 

Wi«con«in Central Ry. 

Our local chairman for the Second District, 
Bro. W. J. Watts, has been transferred from Win- 
nebago to Lomira, being relieved by Bro. Hilde- 
brand, F. A., of Sheridan, who in turn was re- 
lieved by Bro. Wm. Siddehough, of Prairie View. 

Mr. Phillipi, from State Hospital, relieved Bro. 
HUdebrand. Mr. Phillipi promised to make good, 
accordingly papers were sent to him and before 
thia appears in print he will undoubtedly be in 

Bro. Henderson now at South Oahkosh nights. 

Bro. Chapman, nights to day ticket office, Osh- 

Bro. Ward transferred to Waupaca nights. 

As the boys from the south end have not fur- 
nished the regubr allowance of items we pass on to 
Abbotsford where we find Bro. Crockett acting aa 
relief dispatcher so as to allow the regular men to 
get their annual vacations. 

Too bad that the boys along the line can not 
have one of these vacations, but, of course, the 
dispatchers work eight hours a day and we only 
work twelve. 

Bro. Wyttenbach, from night to day telegrapher 
"BF" office, Abbotsford, and a Mr. Bryan, from 
Ashland, holds down the night job there. He has 
promised repeatedly to come in, but has failed so 
far to make his promise good. 

Bro. Heinski, back again at Rib Lake after sev- 
eral montha' travel. 

Bro. Seeley, after leaving Rib Lake, went to 
North St Paul, to act as relief agent, while Mr. 
Wildaain attended court in behalf of the com- 
pany, and from there to Cylon, while Bro. Jno. 
Mais takea a little vacation. 

We bad the pleasure of shaking handa with our 
worthy secretary and treasurer, Bro. O. V. Soder- 
ttmm, and extending to him our heartiest con- 

Underttand Bro. Brigham haa recovered from 
his sickness and expects to resume work soon. 

At Ashland Bro. Edick has been raised from 
nights to days, and a Mr. Carlson, from Phillips, 
does the owl stunt He promised to make good 
soon. Don't put off for to-morrow what you can 
do to-day. Can't say who relieved Mr. Carlson 
at Phillips. 

Chas. Anderson now nights at Chelsea. 

Mr. Finnegan, from Thorpe, at White River in 
Bro. Brigbam's place. 

Two C. ft N. W. passenger trains passed over the 
branch en route to Ashland on the 2uth, so you 
see there is trouble in the best regulated families. 

It was necessary for your bumble scribe to make 
a trip to Hudson on account of a company law 
suit and was relieved a couple of days by Bro. 
W. A. Smith, who at the present time is acting 
agent at Colfax, while Mr. Smith, bis father, is 
taking a trip to the Pacific Coast Bro. Danielson 
relieving Bro. Smith nights at Colfax. Bru. Dan- 
ielson quit the "WC" several years ago to go West, 
but returned home on a vacation and now thinks 
of sUying with the "WC." 

I have given you all the news that I know of, 
but before I leave you let me say to all those who 
have not sent in their dues, if there be any such, 
kindly do so at once. Don't always be on the 
tail end. 

We have quite a number of applications since last 
issue and two calls for bhuiki yesterday. At this 
rate the nons will soon disappear on this end of 
the pike. Keep after them, buys, while there is a 
single one left And don't forget to send items 
along before the 24th of the month. 

S. L. BauNiLLB, 
A. L. C. and Cor. 

Bangor A Aroostook Ry. 

Central District — 

Ninety and too" in the shade. 

Bro. H. L. Snowman haa returned to work again 
after enjoying a month's vacation at bis home in 

Bro. Whipple was very sick a few days pre- 
vious to this writing, but is now O. K. and at 
the same old stand, 

Mr. Mosber, formerly in Brownville freight 
office, has gone to Bangor, "DA" office, to do 
message work. Bro. Crocker handling the freight 
office at present 

Mr. Wood, owl at NO," enjoying a two weeks' 
vacation, he being relieved by Mr. Connelly. Here 
are two nons, boys, but we will get them. They 
seem favorably impressed. 

Bro. Howe enjoyed a short vacation recently, 
he being relieved by Bro. Taylor. 

Bro. Higgins has resumed duty after having a 
change of outdoor work for the last two months. 
Glad to sec him hack. 

Bro. J. L. Robbins has bid in Grindstone. Mr. 
Homer, formerly assistant at Potter, haa bid in the 
night job at the above place. 

Bro. M. B. Herrick, of Mars Hill, spent Sun- 
day in Brownville recently. 

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Bro. Morton, of Bridgewater, recently made a 
flying trip to Bangor. 

The fellow who put in a few notea for the 
Southern Division keep it up and also let some 
brother on the Northern get busy. 

Well, boys, it will soon be fall again. Now 
aren't we going to get busy on the meetings. We 
will have to commence soon. Going to be a 
lot doing this coming winter. Div. Coi. 


Wbkkbas, God in His infinite wisdom has taken 
from us our highly esteemed Bro. Allan L. Grieve, 
and while humbly submitting to the will of Him 
who knoweth and doth all things best; be it 

Resolvti, That we regret exceedingly his un- 
timely end, and that through his death the Order 
of Railroad Telegraphers has lost a staunch and 
faithful member, one who in every way possible 
sought to promulgate and exemplify the teachings 
of the Order, and to support to the utmost the 
high principles which our obligation implies. 

Ruolved, That Bangor and Aroostook Div. 83 
of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers, extend to 
the bereaved &mily and all friends their fullest 
sympathy, that a copy of these resolutions be spread 
upon the minutes of the meeting at which same are 
approved, a copy forwarded to the bereaved family, 
and a copy sent to The Railroad TELtcSAPHEa for 
publication. F. J. CaoziBa, 


J. B. CiocKn, 


Chicago Great Western Ry. 

W. M. Sr P. Division— 

The writer has looked long and anxiously for 
some news of this division in The TELzcKAPHn, 
but so far has been disappointed. We believe 
that one of the best ways to have a thing done 
is to "do it yourself," and so, at the request 
of the Local Chairman, we have promised to get 
together a few items of interest each month and 
see that the W. M. ft P. Division is no longer 
a silent member. In order to do this it will be 
necessary for each member to send in a few 
items. They should reach your correspondent not 
later than the 35th of the month. It will be 
only a small task for each one of you to dig 
up a few notes, and it will help conditions- on 
this division very much. We want this division 
advertised in every issue of The TELECRAruER, 
until every non on the division wiU see what a 
small bit of humanity he really is, and straight- 
way get busy and get a card. When you think 
it over "smallness" is the predominating character- 
istic in any non. They desire to grab every cent 
in sight and not let any of them get away. While 
we admire the desire to save in anyone, stilt we 
have always found a world of comfort in the 
following: "Cast your bread on the waters and 
after many days it will return to you." A kind 
word, a helping band to a person discouraged 
or in need will always be a source of joy to the 
giver, and a few dollars each year in dues to 

the Order will not only help your working con- 
ditions and increase your salary, but will help a 
brother or a brother's family in need, and will 
insure the loving care and attention of thousands 
of brothers in your own hour of need. 

Brothers, we hope none of you will rest or 
feel satisfied as long as there is a non in your 
territory. Don't go after them "hammer and 
tongs," but reason it out with them on a basis 
of pure financial investment. You can't beat the 
O. R. T. Each one on this system has now 
realized from $30.00 to )ioo.oo on our schedule 
of November last. How many nons would accept 
a gift of this size from any member? But what 
else are they doing? It costs money to get these 
schedules and the O. R.' T. boys pay the bill, so 
what else can you call it except a gift from the 
O. R. T. 

Now let each one of us get busy and tackle 
the man next to us, and see whether he is a non 
or not. If be is, go after him. Right will always 
triumph, and by handling these fellows in the 
right way we can show them the error of their 
ways and persuade them to come in. 

Agent Dougherty, of Rochester, who hss been 
employed for the past fifteen years on this divi- 
sion, has resigned and will, we understand, go 
into the real estate business at Baker City. Idaho. 
This is another case of a capable man leaving 
the railroad service for a line of business more 
pleasant and profitable, and still we hear the cry 
that there are no men to be had. Let the rail- 
roads pay their telegraphers as they have to 
other kinds of skilled labor, and they will find 
thousands throughout the country now engaged in 
other lines of business who would gladly return 
to the key. 

We understand that Telegrapher Brownlee, of 
Rochester, has resigned and has been making a 
strenuous effort to get away, but unable to get re- 
lieved. Most of the boys seem to fight shy of 
Rochester for some reason. Don't see why, though. 
All a person hss to do is the telegraphing, billing, 
handle the cash, make car report and a few other 
little things, and for all this you get the magnifi- 
cent sum of $60 per month. 

It is now Bro. Evans, at Ostrander. Bro. Evans 
is an old-time member, who allowed his dues to 
lapse some time ago, but who saw the mistake he 
had made and got back into the fold. 

There are some others along the line who have 
dropped out and who we would like very much to 
see follow Bro. Evans' example. 

Mr. J. H. Cawthorn, a new man at Northfield. 
Traveling Auditor Jenson has been calling on 
the boys along the line the past few weeks. 

By this time every member should have answered 
Bro. Perham's letter of June loth. Each one 
should see that such letters are answered promptly 
and carefully. 

Let us each and every one remember our duty 
to our brothers in the C. T. U. While the com- 
mercial companies stand strongly on their virtues, 
each one of us no doubt has noticed how liberal 
( ?) they really are and can size the situation up as 
it should be. 

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At a certain Western Union office on this divis- 
ion the telegrapher handles from twenty to fifty 
messages each day, besides the "CND" and weather 
reports and gets from the above company a great 
big "O" for his work each month, while the mes- 
senger boy gets $8.00 per. Looks nice, doesn't it, 
but it shows how the commercial companies do 

Sveral sets of application blanks have been sent 
out recently. Hope those who got them will not 
neglect to have them filled out and sent in at once. 

The writer called on some of the boys for items 
this month and each one of them failed brilliantly 
to send a single line, so if this write-up sounds a 
little flat just bump your head against the wall a 
few times and ask yourself who is to be blamed. 

Ce«t. 262. 

Cincinnati, Hamilton A Dayton Ry. 

SoutktTK Division — 

Finding nothing from the C. H. & D. in the 
June Telecbapher I guess it is up to me again. 

Bro. Brant has returned from the convention and 
reports a fine trip and plenty of business to help 

Bro. Cecil, nights at Middletown, has been away 
on leave of absence. We understand the "event" 
is a honeymoon trip through the East, visiting 
Buffalo, New York City and the Jamestown Expo- 
sition. We extend best wishes to the happy pair. 

Telegrapher Steading again back with us and 
filling the vacancy at Middletown. 

Bro. Miller, "XD," Piqua, accompanied by his 
wife, is enjoying a trip West to Kansas, where 
they will visit bis sister. Bro. Hammond is taking 
care of the "XD" office during Bro. Miller's ab- 

Secretary Bushwaw reports new members still 
coming in in bunches. Any nons left better send 
for blanks before the supply runs out or the price 

Have you secured a prize number yet? If not, 
better get one and take a two weeks' vacation when 
you win the prize. "It's free." 

Since the revised schedule went into effect every- 
thing seems , to be moving along nicely, not so 
many men leaving the service and some who were 
formerly with us returning to the C. H. & D. We 
are certainly glad to see this and hope that all 
will join bands in helping to bring about most 
desirable conditions. Cert. 24. 

Queen A Crescent (North). 

Note in May issue of The Telegrapher Div. 
62 was well represented. However, not a line in 
June. Brothers, let's have the Q. & C. accounted 
for each month in our journal. Would it not be 
a good suggestion that some one nominate a regu- 
lar correspondent and elect several assistants on 
line to help gather data? 

RepresentativeCollins returned from Minneapolii 
May 19th, and reports a very eventful trip. He 
will have many good things to tell at our next 
meeting, so don't miss it. 

Bro. A. B. Collins, Hinton, taking a much- 
needed rest; relieved by Sister McGinnis. 

Bro. Wallace, Science Hill, Uiying off; relieved 
by Bro. Willison. 

Telegrapher Marshall, owl at Hinton, reported 
on sick list; relieved by Telegrapher McName. 

We are very sorry to lose Bro. Conklin, of Lin- 
coln Park, Cinti. 

General Committee in session and report very 
bright prospects for the best schedule in south end 
ere this is in print. 

We are glad to note Bros. Sullivan, "XN" tower, 
and Conway, "RX" office, up to date, and certainly 
welcome these brothers in Div. 62. There are sev- 
eral others who are filling out the proper papers to 
be announced up to date later. 

Boys, there seems to be an awakening going over 
this line now. Let's keep the good work going 
and get them all in. This band wagon of ours is 
very strong and there will be plenty room for all 
nons who wisely consider their conditions and 
get aboard. We don't want any of you nons to 
think we are trying to push you or make you go 
into this Order, but we do want to put the subject 
to you in the proper light and show you your 
great mistake in remaining out You are perhaps 
enjoying an increase in salary since last June, 
overtime, dinner hour and many other things in 
the past not known on the Q. & C, and have you 
contributed one iota to the support of this? No. 
not one. 

This day and age people are generally looking 
for good investments. I would thank anyone to 
show me in these columns an investment through 
which you realize more? Dues $8.00 per year and 
we received last year from $30 to $60 raise be- 
sides other concessions heretofore not enjoyed.. 
I am unable to see how you nons figure your stand 
in this matter to your advantage. 

Brothers, it is indeed very sad to announce the 
death of our beloved and cherished Bro. J. E. Sul- 
livan, local chairman, A. G. S. Division, Wood- 
stock, Ala. Bro. Sullivan met death rather sud- 
denly May 3d (at the hands of a negro) while 
performing his official duty. The negro shooting 
five times, one shot taking effect in stomach. Bro. 
Sullivan realizing he had been fatally wounded, 
immediately raised his shot gun and blew the 
negro's head off. Bro. Sullivan attended by the 
company physician, was hurried to Birmingham 
hospital on special train, but only lived thirty 
minutes after reaching there. He had one of the 
largest funerals ever known in the community, he 
being one of the most popular men on A. G. S. 

The O. R. T. presented a beautiful floral wrea:h 
and sounder as a token of esteem and brotherly 
love, costing $25, contributed by members along 
the line. "Umome." 


Whereas, Bro. J. E. Sullivan, Local Chairman, 
A. G. S. R. R., has been removed from among us 
by death, while humbly and sorrowfully submitting 
to this, the will of our Creator; be it 

Resolved, That we deeply regret his tragic and 
untimely demise, and throagh it the Order of 

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Railroad Telegraphers lost a staunch and faithful 
tncrober» and his wife and children lose a fond and 
loving husband and father; and be it further 

Rtsolvtd, Queen & Crescent Division No. 62 
(North) extend to his bereaved family in this 
their darkest hour, our heartfelt sympathy, that a 
copy of these resolutions be spread upon the min- 
utes, a copy sent to Mrs. Sullivan and a copy sent 
to Thi TiLBCKAPREa for publication. 

J. W. C0U.LINS, 
E. E. Havs, 
C H. Buchanan, 
K. C. Gabonik, 


Lake Shore A Michigan •Southern Ry. 

Quite a few changes have taken place since last 
write-up. Two copiers taken out of "CN" office 
recently. One man taken out of "Q" office, N. 
Seneca, and the other two men have been placed on 
ten-hour tricks. "SP" yard office has been closed, 
Mr. Timmons resigning and entering service of 
Pullman Company as conductor. Good luck to him. 

Bro. Chadwick, second trick W. Seneca tower. Is 
at present off on a leave of absence, Bro. Jim 
Frawley holding "D," second trick, during Bro. 
Chadwick's absence. 

Bro. J. Greisinger worked third trick at Lake 
View for two weeks during Bro. Frawley's ab- 

New tower at Silver Creek was opened on June 
15th with Bro. Scheyer, first telegrapher; Wilder, 
second, and Bro. Greisinger, third tricks, respect- 

Night office at Silver Creek Depot has been 
closed on account of opening of tower. 

Bro. Odell, from Bay View, comes to second 
trick at Lake View, succeeding Bro. Scheyer, who 
went to Silver Creek. Unable to learn at present 
who filled Bro. Udell's place. 

Bro. Kane, of Dunkirk, was absent four days 
this month and attended the wedding of his sister 
at his old home in Bergen, N. Y. Bros. Gamow 
and Fay doubled during his absence. 

Bro. J. V. Kaufmann is holding Dunkirk Depot 
nights at present. 

"13" Bro. J. L. Regan has left the service. 

Bro. A. B. Croup, second trick Westfield, has 
resigned, succeeded by Bro. Brown, from "JI," 
Chutes days. 

Bros. Welch and Baker still on first and third 
at Westfield, have been doing the twelve-hour stunt 
quite a bit lately. 

Bro. Seipe working at Canadaway nights at 

Bro. W. B. Everingham has left the service and 
is employed on the Pennsy at present. 

"13" Bro. Spring leaves us July ist to become 
night ticket agent at Union Station, Dunkirk. We 
all wish him the best of success. 

Bro. C. M. Smith working days at "JI," Chutes, 
at present 

New man at "JI" nights. Unable to learn his 
name at this writing. 

Telegrapher Madell relieved Bro. H. J. Leamy, at 
"XC" Crossing, for a few dajrs recently. 

A telegrapher was taken from Erie Depot re- 
cently and Manager Murray now has to do it all 

Bro. E. J. Thorne has returned from "CN" 
office to his old night job at Erie Depot. 

Last month we stated that Bro. G. H. Clavin 
had left the servke of the L. S. & M. V,. Ry., 
which was an error. His absence from duty was 
due to illness and an operation which he found 
necessary to have performed on his ear. 

Div. Con. 

Michigan Centrai Ry. 

Remittance slips have been mailed all members. 
Those who have not remitted their dues prior to 
the arrival of slips will please do so at their earliest 
convenience giving your certificate number which 
will be found written in ink on the back of your 
card. By giving the number of your certificate 
and correct address you will save a great deal of 
the secretary's time which he could dc<-it; to other 
important matters in connection v;it'. or.r division. 
Let every brother assist the off.'cri al'. oe can 
so that the best possible service cji b: gl.en the 

The circular which went to each member with 
the remittance slips contained some extracts on the 
student question from the circular issued by our 
grand officers. The subject is a warm one at the 
present time due to the fact that there seems to 
be a well defined plan on the part of the railroad 
corporations to engage in the wholesale manufac- 
ture of telegraphers by placing here and there at 
small stations boys as helpers with a salary of 
$2$ per month with instructions to the agent or 
telegraphr to teach him telegraphy. There would 
be no serious objections to this method of whole- 
sale manufacture of hams if the company would 
manifest a spirit of fairness by putting these 
helpers on at stations where the agent is over- 
burdened with work. Putting these helpers on at 
small stations where assistance is not required 
manifests clearly how much interest they have in 
the welfare of their telegraphers and agents who 
have labored hard and long hours to safeguard 
the interests of the company. Every copper cent 
earned or paid to the company filters through the 
hands of the agents and telegraphers. They are 
practically what we might term the lock, stock 
and barrel of a railroad. Every telegrapher who 
handles tickets or aspires to an agency must pos- 
sess some ability as an accountant. After spending 
a year learning the art your name then grace* the 
extra list for another year. For this highly hon- 
ored gentleman's position, as we are told by some 
officials, we are paid less than is paid pauper, un- 
educated emigrants from Europe. 

What do you think of it, brothers? Are these 
not facts? Do you think it will pay us to engase 
in the manufacture of telegraphers to satisfy the 
whims of some insatiable, unfair railway corpora- 
tion who are unwilling to treat their telegraphers 
fairly when there are thousands of competent teleg- 

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raphcra all over the country who have been forced 
to abandon telegraphy and engage in other bnsi- 
neas where the hours of work and wage* are more 

Now if the railway corporations require more 
telegraphers instead of their trying to manufac- 
ture new, untried stock at a considerable cost, let 
them make the wages and conditions more favora- 
ble and they will get alt the experienced telegra- 
phers they desire. 

I sincerely hope every brother will refrain from 
teaching students unless it be a close relative. 
Some of our brothers have asked permission to 
teach students. The o&icera, not even the president 
of the Order can grant such permits. Kindly refer 
to our constitution, which law was made by the 
representatives of the different divisions and no 
officer, the President not excluded, can deviate 
from this law. 

Honor your obligation, brothers, by keeping it to 
the letter. Don't let some crafty individual sing 
you a nice song that his son has a good farm, 
but somehow he don't like farming and would pre- 
fer to learn telegraphy. Let them go back to the 
farm and put forth the same degree of ambition 
and efforts on the farm that they do in trying to 
induce some sympathetic telegraplier to teach them 
his trade and they will make ■ better succeti at 
farming. If it were possible I would readily trade 
my knowledge and ability in telegraphy for a clear 
deed of a farm. 

There is a rule in effect which is not generally 
understood and that is where members remit their 
dues and become delinquent in the M. B. D. In 
such cases the Grand Secretary and Treasurer 
holds back his division card until all assessments 
due the M. B. D. have been paid. Any members 
who have paid their dues and have not received 
their card should hasten to square themselves in 
the M. B. D. Don't let a paltry two or three 
dollars a year for a first-class insurance policy 
debar you from membership in an organization like 
the O. R. T. Pay up, brothers. 

The Grand Convention has come and gone with 
Bros. Ferham and Quick at the head again. There 
are practically no changes in the laws; everything 
ran along smoothly and the delegates and grand 
officers worked harmoniously together with a view 
tn framing laws for the betterment of the men 
whom they represented. 

We regret to announce the death of Bro. Wm. 
Lynch, agent at Edward. He recently became con- 
verted to the principles of unionism and had been 
in the employ of the Michigan Central for twenty 
years. He was a bachelor. 

Bro. Robt. Graham, regular night man at Ed- 
ward, filling the day position temporarily. Bro. 
Woolley has accepted the agency at Edward per- 

Bro. Johnston, night man at Windham, trans- 
ferred to Hagersville nights. 

Bro. Simons, night man at Townsend, switched 
over to day hours on account of Mr. Smith being 
transferred to Lasalette days. This puts Mr. Smith 
days and Mr. Seeker nights at Lasalette. 

Bro. J. W. Ritenburg, who has been filling the 
day position at Stispension Bridge for the past two 
years, has resigned to accept a position with C. 
P. R. Commercial Co., in the city of Winnipeg. 
Good luck to him. While we miss him in a 
thousand different ways, nevertheless we are glad 
to see him better his condition. 

Bro. Lome Porter relieved the General Secre- 
tary and Treasurer, Bro. Staley, at Montrose, 
while be was attending the convention at Minne- 
apolis. Mr. Francis uking Bro. Porter's position 

Bro. Wm. Mansell, who has held down day hours 
at Willand for the past five years, has left the 
service, Bro. James filling the vacancy. 

Bro. Oliver, who has been working at Bale for 
the past five months, has been transferred to 
Niagara Falls days. Glad to welcome him down at 
this end of the line. This with one exception, 
makes the east end solid. 

Bro. Dickson, who held down the night job at 
Bale, is back on the extra on account of closing 
Bale. "DooLKY." 

Among the brothers who have resigned from 
the service during the past month was Bro. C. L 
Dine, of Decatur, who entered the service June 
S4, 1896, and Bro. White, of Cassopolis, who en- 
tered October 8, 1893. Both were good, loyal 
members of the Order as well as efficient telegra- 
phers and it is with the kindest of feelings that 
they will be remembered by the boys along the line. 

Mr. Boomer, of East Yards, resigned bis posi- 

Decatur, Cassopolis and East Yards went to 
Bros. J. B. Ryan, of Daily; C. L Bennett, of 
Marshall, and C. L. Hutchins, of Yorkville. re- 
spectively. Bro. J. O'Rorke landed Daily. 

During the past month a rather stronK protest 
against expensing bills at night developed at 
Dowagiac, which resulted in three men leavinx the 
service, two of them having since returned, the 
other, Bro. Frazer, having gone to another road. 
It is said the situation at Dowaciac will be taken 
up in the regular way for adjustment 

The legislatures of Maryland, Missouri, North 
Carolina, Texas, Nevada, West Virginia and Ar- 
kansas have all enacted eight-hour laws for telegra- 
phers. These laws being independent of the na- 
tional nine-hour law. There will be no question 
about these laws being constitutional, as they are 
laws of the States, which are supreme. 

Judge Cochran, of the United States District 
Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, has 
rendered a decision finding Section 10 of the Erd- 
man arbitration law, constitutional, ai^d fined an 
official of the L. & N. Ry. for a violation of this 

Bro. T. J. Barry is now dispatching trains on the 
Allegan Division. 

On account of the sickness of Bro. Gifford's 
mother he had to get relief at Battie Creek, which 
was furnished in the persons of Bros. Palmer and 

Bro. Mclntyre, of Eaton Rapids, has been work- 
ing in the Jackson office recently. 

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Bro. Nortbrup, of Cauopolis, has been holding 
down Albion nights and Bro. Slowey days, in the 
absence of Bro. Culkins. 

Afain Line — 

It was with deep regret that we learned of Bro. 
C. I'. Smith's decision to sever his connection with 
this company, but it is a pleasure to know that 
the brother is in a position to enter business on bis 
own account, and hereafter enjoy some of the 
comforts of life that have been denied him since 
he entered the telegraph service, October 19, 1885. 
We wish him sticcess. Bro. S. E. Wholihan, lately 
of Leonidas, succeeds Bro. Smith at Augusta, and 
Ilro. Graham, of Decatur, moved up from night 
work to day work at Leonidas. 

Bro. W. H. Ryan, of Botsford, bad to leave his 
work during March and April on account of the 
death of his father, the latter being a veteran em- 
ploye of the road. We sympathize with Bro. Ryan 
in his loss. 

J. J. Lavy, who is now on the relief force, was 
on* of the old pioneer O. R. T. men, having joined 
the movement at its inception. Some years ago 
after leaving the service he dropped out, but ad- 
vises he is anxious to get back to bis old love as 
soon as he can. 

Mr. Poulson, of Pokagon, and Mr. Drummond, 
of Miller, are the two champion nons. 

According to newspaper dispatches from West 
Virginia the railroads served notice on the teleg- 
raphers of that State that upon the advent of the 
eight-hour hiw, which went into effect May 9th a 
proportionate reduction would be made in salary 
and that the telegraphers at once served notice on 
the railroads that any reduction would be met with 

Bro. Ed Phillips, of Glenwood, has been away 
on a vacation and has been relieved by Bro. Bob 
Phillips, of Dowagiac. 

We understand that Chief Dispatcher Phillips 
will be out of the office a good part of the sum- 
mer on other work, being relieved by Night Chief 
Whitcher, and Dispatcher Gardner acting as night 

We extend the glad hand of fellowship to the 
O. R. T. D. and all its members. Never before 
was there such harmony existing between the teleg- 
rapher and the dispatchers, each working to assist 
the other for the betterment of the servKe. 

The Air Line and Valley Division seem to be 
about as enthusiastic in the matter of news items 
as the D. T, It M. and So Haven Divisions. 
Everybody reported as sticking to his post. 

Bro. G. W. Lewis, of Middleville, is off for a 
much-needed rest for a few weeks. Bro. M. M. 
Wilson is looking after things during his absence. 

Bro. G. D. Eddy, Dutton nights, has been trans- 
ferred to Van Horn days, Bro. Rourke having been 
appointed agent and telegrapher at Daily. 

Bro. Willson, agent at Richland, has moved his 
family back to Yorkville and is enjoying the 
beautiful spring time and "balmy" and invigorat- 
ing air by driving to and from his work. The bal- 
ance of the division is reported as peacefully slum- 

Great Northern Ry. 

While attending the Grand Division Convention 
at Minneapolis there was brought to my notice 
a state of affairs which exists in too many cases, 
I am sorry to say, but which can be easily cor- 

During one of the very spirited debates a chap 
wearing the button came in and sat himself down 
beside me. He had an up-to-date card and was 
O. K. After sitting there a minute or so he asked 
me what was going on and I explained it to him, 
but he showed no interest in the proceedings at 
all and was leaving when I asked him how long 
he had been in the Order. "Three months," he 

Brothers, When a new man shows up near yon, 
and if you get his application, don't drop him as 
soon as he gets his card, but talk to him of the 
good work the Order has done for us and teach 
him how to be a good brother. This man of whom 
I spoke had joined the Order, but did not under- 
stand It, its benefits and posibilities, therefore, had 
no interest in its proceedings. Is this the kind of 
a man who will stick to us through thick and thin? 
No, I say, no. My brothers, it is up to you, this 
making of good members and strengthening the 
Order, for a weak link spoils a chain, and let us 
have no weak links in our great chain. 

Get all the new members you can and bring them 
up in the ways of this Order — bring them up aa 
you would bring up your own .wn to attend the 
same church as you and to hold the same religion 
as you. Wake up. 

If any of the brothers differ with me let's hear 
from them. "Blues." 

Twin City Telegraphers' Ciub. 

At last meeting of the club, June 8th, which was 
attended by a few visiting brothers, we had a 
social smoke and should have had election of offi- 
cers, but on account of the lateness of the hour, 
after disposing of other business it was decided to 
postpone election until our next meeting. 

Committee in charge of arrangements for enter- 
taining delegates and their friends while attending 
convention, made a final report and was discharged 
with thanks of the club, which they were justly' 
deserving of for the able manner in which they 
bandied the arrangements. 

The club voted thanks to Mrs. I.ester and also 
presented her with a silk umbrella in appreciation 
of her work in looking after the welfare of the 
lady visitors, whkh she did ably. 

Everything came off fine and all seemed to be 
satisfied with their treatment. 

There is, however, one thing that did not come 
out as we would like to have had it and the club 
did all it could to have it come out all O. K., and 
that was in the matter of the photos taken of dele- 
gates and friends. I have received a few com- 
plaints from brothers that had ordered photos and 
paid for them, but had not received them. 

There were two parties who took pictures of the 
delegates, one was from Minneapolis, the other 

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was what you would term a floater, going from 
place to place with wagon. The club recommended 
the nun from Minneapolis and would stand good 
(or any mistake of non-delivery and see that the 
brothers got their photos. This was done to pro- 
tect the brothers, but all the compbtints I have re- 
ceived have been from brothers who bought of 
the party not recommended by the club. The club 
has tried to locate this man, but up to present time 
has been tmable to do so. Everything that the 

club knows of with this one exception, came off to 
the satisfaction of all. 

Not much more news for this write-up. Presi- 
dent Beamer, of the club, promised to give corre- 
spondent some items, but up to sending this in 
have not received anything from him, so must 
do the best we can. I guess he has not gotten 
over his experience at banquet yet, so we most 
allow for that 

By the time our next write-up goes in we will 
probably have a new correspondent. Clot Cok. 

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R. H. Conway, Cert. 2861, Grand Division; George Q. Bppehimer, Cert. 27, Div. 
85, and Chester Pancoaat, Cert. 95, Div. 84, have been expelled from membership in 
the Order for conduct unbecoming members. P. J. Dicns, Cert. 1113, Div. 31, has been 
expelled from membership in the Order for scabbing. J. A. Morgan, Cert. 59, Div. 71, 
has been indefinitely suspended from the Order for student teaching. 


AtMMBMt R*. 100 Is tae JULY 1, 1907. 
Time t«r psyBieBt explras AUGUST 81, 1907. 


On $ 300 00 (Series A) 20 ccnta eMh 

On 500 00 (Series B) 30 centa each 

On 1,000 00 (Scries C) 60 cents each 


Olaw Okt. 

No. NAxs. OATTSS. Drv. No. Sbbixs. Am. 

592. ...Geo. B. Morrison Heart Pailnre 7 20441.... A.... | 300 00 

608. ...Frank E. Link Tuberculosis 49. .. .15907. ...C... 1,000 00 



Received on Assesunent Account to May 31, 1907 |S32,894 28 

Received on Assetwnent Account June, 1907 9,836 49 

#542,730 77 


Death Claims paid to May 31, 1907 $355,381 47 

Death Claims paid in June 1,300 00 

Assessments refunded, account rejected applications 906 29 

Assessments transferred to dues 157 33 

Cash on hand to credit Mortuary Fund, June 30, 1907 184,985 68 

1542,730 77 

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General Qfficei, St. Lo«sb, Mo. 


H. B. PERHAM President L. W. QUICK Gnnd SwreUry and Treuurer. 

St Louis, Mo. St Louis, Mo. 

J. A. NEWMAN First Vice-President T. M. PIERSON Second Vice-President 

St Louis, Mo. St Louis, Mo. 

D. CAMPBELL Third Vice-President. J. J. DERMODY Fourth Vice-President 

364 Rusholme Road, Toronto, Ont St Louis, Mo. 


C E. Layman, Chairman, Troutrilte, Va. A. O. Sinlcs, Jefferson Street Depot, Portland, Ore. 

Geo. O. Forbes, Secretary, Spring Hill Junction, C. G. Kelso, Tremont Hotel, Springfield, Mo. 
N. S. Geo. E. Joslin, Lock Box 11, Centcrdale, R. I. 


All correspondence pertaining to advertising should be add- eased to W. N. Gates, Advertising Mana- 
ger, Garfield Building, Cleveland, Ohio. 


GRAND DIVISION— Attached membership not 
confined to any particular railroad or territory. 
H. B. Perham, President, St Louis, Mo.; L. 
W.' Quick, Grand Secretary and Treasurer, St 
Louis, Mo, 

NO. I. — Division covers the Grand Trunk Railway 
System. Meets subject to call of chairman. 
J. Willoughby, G«n*l Chairman, Newmarket, 
Ont; D. L. Shaw, Gen'l S. & T., 769 King St., 
London, Ont 

NO. a. ST. LOUIS. MO.— Meets ist and 3d 
Mondays each month at 8 p. m.. Small Hall 
South Side, 3d floor Masonic Temple (Odeon 
Building), Grand and Finney aves., St Louis.. 
Mo. L. W. Quick, Chief Telegrapher, 7th floor 
Star Building, St Louis, Mo.; J. W. La Fever, 
S. & T., 373' N. 11th St, St Louis, Mo. 

NO. 3, HARRISBURG, PA.— Meets ist Thursday 
each month in Mauk's Hall, comer 6th & Kel- 
ler ats., Harrisburg, Pa., and at some point on 
Middle Division, P. R. R, 3d Thursday evening 
each month, 7 p. m. J. S. Leyder, Chief Tel., 
Thompaontown, Pa.; B. H. Saltsman, S. & T., 
f7ii Market St., Harriaburg, Pa. 

NO. 5. — Division covers the Kansas City Southern 
Railroad System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. C M. Owen, Gen'l Chairman, Pituburg, 
Kansas; P. H. Williams. Gen'l S. ft T., Drexel, 

NO. 6. — ^Diviaioa covers the Union Pacific Rail- 
road System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. E L. Stump, Gen'l Chairman, 3313 Mar- 
ion St, Denver, Colo. John H. Hughey, Jr., 
Geni S. ft T., Box 394, Junction City, Kan. 

NO. 7. — Division covers the Canadian Pacific Rail- 
road System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. Ed. Goulet, Gen'l Chairman, Westminster, 
B. C; John Wagner, Gen'l S. ft T., Copper 
Cliff, Ont 

NO. 8. — Division covets New York Central Ry. 
M. G. Woolley, Gen'l Chairman, issth st and 
Eighth ave., New York, N. Y.; A. E Blim, Gen'l 
S. ft T., Chili Sution, N. Y. Hudson Div.— 
Meets subject to call of Local Chairman; J. B. 
West, Local Chairman, 11 Thompson st, Pough- 
keepsie, N. Y. Western Div.— MeeU 3d Sat- 
urday evening in July, Oct., Jan. and April,, 
at North Tonawanda, N. Y.; March, June, 
September and December, at Rochester, N. Y.; 
February, May, Auguat and November, at Syra- 
cuse, N. Y. Mohawk Div. — Meets on 3d 
Wednesdsy each month, at 8 o'clock p. m., in 
the Court House, at Fonda, N. Y. Harlem 
Div. — Meeta on 3d Thursday eaci) month, 10 a. 
m. and 8 p. m., Harlem Arcade, an East 134th 
st. New York City. Putnam Div. — Meets ad 
Monday of each month, 8:30 p. m., Colonial 
Bldg., 67 and 6» W. lasth st, New York City. 
M. G. Woolley, Local Chairman, isstb st and 
Eighth ave.. New York City, care N. Y. Cen- 
tral R. R. Fall Brook Div.— Meett 3d Tueaday 
evening each month, 8 p. m., Rettig's Hall, 
West Market st. Coming, N. Y. R. R. Mc- 
Inroy, Local Chairman, Middlebury Center, Pa. 

NO. 9, LANCASTER, PA.— Meets 3d Tuesday 
of each month at 8 p. m., in Central Labor 
Union Hall, ad floor, No. 33 South Queen st, 
Lancaster, Pa. Chas. E. Kacy, Chief Telegra- 
pher, ii9}i North Charlotte St., Lancaster, Ps.; 
A. B. Hambright, S. ft T., Landisville, Pa. 

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NO. 10, JERSEY CITY, N. J.— Meeti jd Thurs- 
day of each month at 8 p. m., in Deancs' Hall, 
Grove and 5th «ts., Jersey City, N. J. P. T. 
Ward, Chief Tel., 438 Warren tt., Newark, N. 
J.; J. H. Kelling, S. & T., 88 Jewett ave., 
Jersey City, N. J. 

NO. J I, OLD TOWN. ME.— Meets 4tb Sunday 
each month, i :3a p. m.. Royal Arcanum Hall, 
116 Main st, Bangor, Me. Burton A. Brackett, 
Chief Tel., 32 Coombs st, Bangor, Me.; E. E. 
McPheters, S. & T., Great Works, Me. 

NO. 12, SUNBURY, PA.— Meets ad Thursday eve- 
ning of each month, I. 0. O. F. Hall, S. W. cor. 
Market and 3d st«. F. J. Reigel, Chief Tel., 
314 Fairmount ave., Sunbury, Pa.; W. D. Grant, 
S. & T., 22$ Fairmount ave., Sunbury, Pa. 

NO. 14. — Division covers the Norfolk & Western 
Railway System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
nun. C. E. Layman, Gen'l Chairman, Trout- 
ville, Va.; T. H. Lankford, Gen'l S. & T., P. O. 
Box It, Cloverdale, Va. 

NO. IS, OTTAWA, ONT.— MeeU subject to call 
of Chief Telegrapher at Ottawa, Ont G. W. 
Shepherd, Chief TeL, Alexandria, Ont; D. 
Robertson, S. * T.. Glen Robertson, Ont; D. 
Robertson and G. W. Shepherd, Legislative 

NO. 16. — Division coven the Michigan Central 
Railroad. Meets subject to call of Chairman. 
J. C. Culkins, Gen'l Chairman, Albion, Mich.; 
J. H. Stoley, Gen'l S. & T., Falls View, Ont 

NO. 17, BALTIMORE, MD.— Meets ist and 3d 
Wednesday of each month at Old Town Bank 
Building, 3d floor, Baltimore, Md. Wm. M. 
Skinner, Chief Tel., 2224 E. Oliver st, Balti- 
more, Md.; Daniel L. KoUer, S. & T., Hartford 
road and West Erdman ave., Baltimore, Md. 

NO. 18. — Division covers the New York, Chicago 
ft St Louis Railroad System. Meets subject 
to call of Chairman. E. M. Mulcahy, Genl 
Chairman, 33 Courtney st, Dunkirk, N. Y.; 
O. S. Smith, Gen'l S. & T., Argos, Ind. 

NO. 30. — Division covers the New York, Ontario 
ft Western Ry. System. Meets subject to call of 
Chairman. Guy Cochran, Gen'l Chairman, 
Kingston, N. Y.; H. D. Pfoor, Gen'l S. ft T.. 
P. O. Box 114, Jermyn, Pa. 

NO. 21. — Division covers the Cincinnati, Hamilton 
ft Dayton Railroad System, Meets subject to 
Call of Chairman. E. F. Stenger, Gen'l Chair- 
man, R. F. D. No. 3, Miamisburg, Ohio; A. C 
Btishwaw, Gen'l S. & T., 55 Samuel st, Dayton, 

NO. 22. — Division covers the Missouri, Kansas ft 
Texas Railroad System, R. J. Clark, Gen'l S. ft 
T., 1419a Granville place, St Louis, Mo. 

NO. 33. — Division covers Chicago, Milwaukee ft 
St. Paul Ry. System. MeeU subject to call of 
Chairman. Milwaukee Terminal meetings held 

subject to call of Local Chairman. O. W. Ren- 
shaw, Gen'l Chairman, 2 West 14th st, Minne- 
apolis, Minn.; G. E. Soyster, Gen'l S. ft T.. 
Covington, Iowa. 

NO. 24, WILLIAMSPORT, PA.— Meets ist 
Thursday in month of March, June, September 
and December, Trades and Labor Hall, Carroll 
st, Elmira, N. Y. Months of January, Febru- 
ary, April, May, July, August, October and 
November, K. of C. Hall, Cor. Fourth and Pine 
sts., Williamsport, Pa. Chas. F. Fortney, Chief 
TeL, 931 Erie ave., Williamsport, Pa.; J. N. 
Sponsler, S. ft T., 93$ Erie ave., Williamsport, 

NO. 25. — Division covers the International ft 
Great Northern Railway System. Meets sub- 
ject to call of Chairman. F. W. Lyons, Gen'< 
Chairman, Cotulla, Texas; R. B. Adams, Gen'l 
S. ft T. Rockdale, Texas. 

NO. 26, NEW YORK, N. Y.— Meeta 2d Monday 
each month at 8 p. m., 67-69 West ia$th st. 
New York City. F. J. Ryan, Chief TeL, a»8 
W. i4»t st. New York; A. L. McBain, S. ft T., 
133 Edgecomb ave.. New York City. 

NO. 27, INDIANAPOLIS, IND.— W. W. Culmer, 
Chief Tel., MartinsvUle, Ind.; E. C Thomp- 
son, S. ft T., Sit Fletcher ave., Indianapolis, 

NO. 38. — Division covers the Mexican Interna- 
tional Railway. System. Meets subject to call of 
the Chairman. M. T. Fenelon, Goi'l Chairman, 
Bsrroteran, Coah., Mex.; L. Hemendez, Gen'l 
S. ft T., Valardena, Dgo, Mex. 

NO. 29, NEW HAVEN, CONN.— MeeU ist Fri- 
day of each month at 8 p. m. in Red Men's 
Hall, 48 Church st, cor. Crown, New Haven, 
Conn. L. H. Dowd, Chief TeL, 47 Division st, 
Danbury, Conn.; G. F. McCormack, S. ft T., 93 
Main st. West Haven, Conn. 

NO. 31. — Division covers the Missouri Pacific 
Railroad System. Meets subject to call of the 
Chairman. L. M. Nance, Gen'l Chairman, Bron- 
son, Kansas; W. M. Holman, Gen'l S. ft T., 
yaio Pennsylvania av., St Louis, Mo. 

NO. 32. — Division covers the St Louis ft San 
Francisco Railroad System. Meets subject to 
call of the Chairman. C G. Kelso, Gen'l Chair- 
man, 1528 N. Jeffenon ave., Springfield, Mo.; 
J. E. McQuade, Gen'l S. ft T., 1528 N. Jeffer- 
son ave., Springfield, Mo. 

NO. 33. — Division covers the Baltimore ft Ohio 
Railway System. Meets subject to call of the 
Chairman. E. N. Van Atta, Gen'l Chairman, 
Box 36, Newark, O.; W. Edgar Frasher, Gen'l S. 
ft T., 814 W. 9th st, Wilmington, Del. Pike 
Division meets on 3d Saturday night of each 
month at Hotel Wilson, No. 10 Smltbfield at, 
Pittsburg, Pa. Will Carr, Local Chairman, Wot 
Alexander, Pa. 

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NO. 34. — Division covets the Chicago & Eastern 
Illinois Railway System. Meets subject to call 
of the Chainoan. J. V. Phillips, Gen'l Chair- 
man, Wellington, 111.; S. M. Rittenhouse, Gen'l 
S. & T., Sidcll, 111. 

NO. ,15, PROVIDENCE, R. I.— MeeU 3d Satur- 
day o{ each month in Swarts Lodge, Odd Fel- 
lows' Hall, 96 Westminster St., Providence, R. 
I. J. F. Brady, Chief Tel., 52 Woodbine s!.. 
Providence, R. I.; Robt A. Brown, S. & T., 36 
Cora ave.. East Providence, R. I. 

NO. 36. — ^Division coven the Pennsylvania Lines 
west of Pittsburg. M«ets subject to call of the 
Chairman. J. W. Burch, Gen'l S. & T., 319 
Atlanta ave.. Tuxedo Park, St. Louis, Mo. 

NO. 37. NEW ROCHELLE, N. Y.— MeeU 2d 
Friday evening each month, 8 p. m., Bank'o 
Hall, over Post Office, New Rochelle, N. Y. 

. Daniel Kcnney, Chief Tel., 355 N. Main St., Port 
Chester, N. Y.; Jos. A. Hannan, S. & T., P. O. 
Box 14a, Rye, N. Y. 

NO. 38, SPRINGFIELD, MASS.— MeeU 3d Sat- 
urday each month, 8 p. m., at 33 Lyman St., 
Springfield, Mass. Art. O. Betters, Chief Tel., 
216 Summer st, Springfield, Mass.; John R. 
Cardinal, S. & T., Box 1417 Springfield, Mass. 

No. 39. — Division covers the Pere Marquette Rail- 
way System. Meets subject to call of Chairman. 
E. H. Spencer, Gen'l Chairman, Ionia, Mich.; 
Charles I. Mead, Gen'l S. & T., Smyrna, Mich. 

NO. 40. — Division covers Chesapeake & Ohio Rail- 
way System. Meets 4th Thursday of each 
month at Fraternity Hall, 215 West Broad su, 
Richmond, Va. Third Saturday night of each 
month at Eagle's Hall, Clifton Forge, Va. Third 
Tuesday night of each month at Manhattan 
Hall, Binton, W. Va. Fourth Saturday night 
of each month at Buffalo Hall, cor. Third ave. 
and 9th st, Huntington, W. Va. L. G. Bent- 
ley, Gen'l Chairman, No. 25 South Adams st, 
Richmond, Va.; J. W. Kiser, Gen'l S. & T., 824 
27th st, Huntington, W. Va. 

NO. 41, BOSTON, MASS.— MeeU 2d Saturday 
night each month. Engineers' 'Hall, 164 Canal 
St., Boston, Mass. Ben C. Chase, Chief Tel., 
Wenham Depot, Mass; John A. Tuck, S. & T., 
upper station, Wakefield, Mass. 

NO. 42. — Division covers the Erie Railroad Sys- 
tem. MeeU subject to call of Chairman. Frank 
N. Hall, Gen'l Chairman, 35 Clinton st, Sala- 
manca, N. v.; C. L. Bridge, Gen'l S. & T., De- 
posit, N. V. 

NO. 43. — Division covers Canadian Northern Rail- 
way System. MeeU subject to call of Chair- 
nun. A. E. J. Willis, Gen'l Chairman, Roland, 
Man.; E. G. Skelding, Gen'l S. & T., 531 Victor 
st, Winnipeg, Man. 

NO. 44, NEW YORK, N. Y.— MeeU 2d Saturday 
each month at 8 p. m., in Fraternity Hall, 22-24 
Harriman ave., Jamaica, N. Y.; C B. Van 
Nostrand, Chief Tel., care L I. R. R., Vander- 

veer Park, N. Y.; A. F. Heller, S. & T., 1441 
Bushwkk ave., Brooklyn, N. Y. 

NO. 45, WOODVILLE, N. H.— Meets 3d Satur- 
day of each month at 8 p. m., K. of P. Hall, 
Woodville, N. H. B. C. Berry, Chief Tel- 
South Barton, Vt.; F. P. Learned, S. & T., 
Plymouth, N. H. 

NO. 46. — Division covers the Central of Georgia 
Railway System. Meett subject to call of Chair- 
man. G. C. Stephenson, Gen'l Chairman, Ross- 
ville, Ga.; O. S. Travis, Gen'l S. & T., Route 
68, Atlanta, Ga. 

3d Thursday of each month at 8 p. ra., and B. I. 
S. Hall, Charlottetown, P. E. I.; A. D. Lawson, 
Chief Tel., Hunters River, P. E. I.; J. J. 
Trainor, S. ft T., Bedford SUtion, P. E. I. 

NO. 48. — Division covers the Detroit, Toledo St 
Ironton and Ann Arbor Railways. MeeU sub- 
ject to call of Chairman. H. J. Tobin, Gen'l 
Chairman, 31$ E. Exchange St., Owoaso, Mich.; 

A. F. Weast, Gen'l S. & T., Bainbridge, Ohio. 

NO. 49: — Division covers the Denver ft Rio Grande 
Railway System. MeeU subject to call of Chair- 
man. A. H. Wasson, Gen'l Chairman, Amethyst, 
Colo.; F. W. Aiken, Gen'l S. ft T., Parkdalc, 

NO. 50. — Division covers the Georgia Railroad 
System. MeeU subject to call of Chairman. 
John S. Stovall, Gen'l Chairman, Milledgeville, 
Ga.; A. C. McKinley, Gen'l S. & T., Milledge- 
ville, Ga. 

NO. 51. — ^Diviaion covers Bessemer and Lake Eric 
Railway System. MeeU ist Friday evening after 
1 6th each month, in Eagles' Hall, Greenville, 
Pa., after the arrival of trains 2 and 13. J. R. 
Patterson, Gen'l Chairman, Hilliard, Pa.; W. 

B. Risley, Gen'l S. & T., 96 Marshall St., Con- 
neaut, Ohio. 

NO. 52, PITTSBURG, PA.— MeeU 2d and 4th 
Saturday evening each month at 8 p. m., at 204 
Fifth ave., 3d floor, Pituburg. Pa. John 
Kiger, Chief Tel., 6426 Howe st. East End, 
Pituburg, Pa.; H. K. Klingensmith, SecreUry, 
226 Bertha st, Pituburg, Pa.; C C Campbell, 
Treasurer, 605 Arlington ave., Pituburg, Fa. 

.VO. S3. — Division covers the Southern Pacific 
Railway Lines. MecU subject to call of Chair- 
man. W. H. Lester, Gen'l Chairman, Weimar, 
Tex.; D. W. Koppikus, Gen'l S. ft T., 1220 lath 
ave., East Oakland, Cal. 

NO. 54. — Division covers the Northern Pacific 
Railway System. MeeU subject to call of 
Chairman. I. N. Holmes, Gen'l S. & T., 
Olympia, Wash. 

No. 55. — Division covers the Wheeling, Lake Erie 
Railway, Wabash, Pituburg Terminal and West 
Side Belt Railway Systems. MeeU subject to 
call of Chairman. J. O. Peoples, Gen'l Chair- 
man, Bolivar, Ohio; C. R. Guthrie, Gen'l S. 
ft T., Box 71, Jewett, Ohio. 

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NU. 56. — Divuion cover* tbc Georgia Southern & 
I'lorida Railway Syatems. T. L. Argo, Gen'l 
Chairman, G. S. & F. Ticket OfHce, Valdosu, 
Ga.; O. H. Watson, Gen'l S. & T., Tobeaofkee. 

NO. 57. — Division covers the Houston & Texas 
Central Railway System. Meets subject to call 
of Chairman. \V. J. Burke, Gen'l Chairman, 
H. ft T. C yard office, Dallas, Texas; J. A. 
McKey, Gen'l S. & T., 43 N. Benge St., Mt- 
Kinney, Texas. 

NO. 58, WILMINGTON, DEL.— Meets 3.I 
Wednesday evening, 8 o'clock. Red Men's Hall, 
517 Shipley st, Wilmington, Del. H. W. Ken- 
nedy, Chief Telegrapher, 305 N. Van Buren St., 
Wilmington, Del.; W. J. Holton, S. & T., New- 
ark, Del. 

.NO. 59. — Division covers Southern Railway Sys- 
tem. Meets subject to call of Chairman. A. 
L. McDaniel, Gen'l S. & T., Forest City, N. C. 

NO. 60, WASHINGTON, D. C— Meets 3d Fri- 
day of each month at 8 p. m., at Typographical 
Temple, 423 "G" St., N. W., Washington, D. C. 
J. E. Vandergrift, Chief Tel., 1008 "B" St., S. 
W., Washington, D. C; H. L. Simcox, S. & T.,- 
651 "H" St., N. E., Washington, D. C. 

NO. 61, CAMPBELLTON, N. B.— Meets 4th 
Tuesday evening of each month in Engineers' 
Hall, Campbellton, N. B. J. W. Morton, Chief 
Tel., Campbellton, N. B.; R. A. McMillan, S. ft 
T., Charlo Station, N. B. 

NO. 6a. — Division covers Queen ft Crescent 
(North). J. W. Collins, Gen'l Chairman, 326 
Foreman ave., Lexington, Ky. E. M. Caldwell, 
Gen'l Sec'y St Treas., Corinth, Ky. 

NO. 63, MONCTON, N. B.— Meets 3d Saturday 
of each month, alternately at Moncton, N. B., 
and St John, N. B. F. T. Atkinson, Chief Tel., 
Bloomfield, N. B., Can.; T. A. Scribner, S. ft 
T., Moncton, N. B. 

NO. 64, LEVIS, QUE.— Meeu 4th Friday of each 
month at i p. m., at Victoria Hotel, Levis, Que. 
A. Dion, Chief Tel., Levis, Que.; Joseph Remil- 
lard, S. ft T., St Charles, Bellechasse Co., Que. 

NO. 6s, ROCHESTER, N. H.— Meets at 8 p. m., 
2d Saturday each month in G. A. R. Hall, Roch- 
ester, N. H. E. J. Scott, Chief Tel., West 
Ossipee, N. H.; G. F. Berry, S. ft T., 24 Port- 
land St., Rochester, N. H. 

.NO. 66, TRURO, N. S.— Meets 3d Wednesday 
each month, McKay's Hall (B. R. T. room), 
Inglis St., Truro, N. S. W. A. Harris, Chief 
Tel., Windsor Junct, N. S.; Geo. O. Forbes, 
S. ft T., Spring Hill Junct, N. S. 

NO. 67, WILKESBARRE, PA.— Meets on the 3d 
Friday each month at 8 p. m., at O. U. A. M. 
Hall, No. 31 W. Market st, Wilkesbarre, Pa. 
E. O. Sherman, Chief Tel., 331 S. River st, 
Wilkesbarre, Pa.; J. Nelligan, S. ft T., 30 New- 
port St., Wilkesbarre, Pa. 

NO. 68. — Division covers Washington County Rail- 
way System. Meets subject to call of Chairman. 
James F. Desmond, Gen'l Chairman, Eastpert, 
Maine; Wm. C. Myrick, Gen'l S. ft T., East 
Machias, Maine. 

KO. 69. — Division covers Queen & Crescent Route 
(South). Meets subject to call of Chairman. 
J. A. Shields, Gen'l Chairman, Morton, Miss.; 
J. C. Talley, jr., Gen'l S. ft T., Poplarville, Miss. 

NO. 70. — Division covers Great Northern Railway 
System. Meets subject to call of Chairman. 
P. M. Abbott, Gen'l S. ft T., Logan, Mont. 

NO. 71, OSKALOOSA, IOWA.— Meett ad Satur- 
day in each month at 8:45 p. m., in Trainmen's 
Hall, over Pike's Drug Store, Oskaloosa, Iowa. 
H. W. Landfear, CHiief Tel., Wright, Iowa; F 
H. McCarl, S. & T., New Sharon, Iowa. 

NO. 72, ST. JOSEPH, MO.— Meeu 4th Tuesday 
of each month at 8 p. m., 623 Mt. Mora Road, 
St Joseph, Mo. C. P. Cahill, Chief Tel., 1615 
S. nth st, St Joseph, Mo.; W. E. Reese, S. 
ft T., Box 682, St Joseph, Mo. 

NO. 73. MAUCH CHUNK, PA.— Meeto ad 
Wednesday of each month at 8 p. m., on the 
4th floor Odd Fellows' Hall, Broadway, Mauch 
Chunk, Pa. John F. Boyle, Chief Tel., Penn 
Haven, mail, Mauch Chunk, Pa.; William M. 
Butler, S. & T., Room it. Court House, Wilkes- 
barre, Pa. 

NO. 74.— Division covers B. ft O. S. W. R. R. 
J. M. Peck, Gen'l Chairman, Farmingdale, 111.; 
A. W. Morrow, Gen'l S. ft T., 425 Jefferson st, 
Greenfield, Ohio. 

SO. 75. — Division covers Chicago,' Cincinnati & 
Louisville Ry. System. G. W. Johnson, Gen'l 
Chairman, Losantville, Ind.; F. K. Harter, On'l 
S. & T., Jonesboro, Ind. 

NO. 76.— Division covers the Chicago ft North- 
western Railroad System. Meets subject to call 
of Chairman. Jas. Troy, Gen'l Chairman, Jew- 
ell Junction, Iowa; W. J. Liddane, Ass't Gen'l 
Chairman, 386 Grove St., St Paul, Minn.; Ira 
R. Kempkes, (jen'l S. ft T., Nevada, Iowa. 

NO. 77, DENVER, COLO.— Meets ist Saturday 
evening in each month, 1528 15th st, Denver, 
Colo. F. P. Spratlen, Chief Tel., 2210 E. 13th 
ave., Denver, Colo.; C. L. Cheney, S. ft T., 
935 17th St., Denver, Colo. 

NO. 78, ALBANY, N. Y.— Meets 3d Saturday 
each month at 7:30 p. m., A. O. U. W. Hall, 
82 S. Pearl St., Albany, N. Y. James Disney, 
Chief Tel., 46 Franklin st, Albany, N. Y.; B. 
M. Nicholls, S. ft T., Altamont, N. Y. 

NO. 79.— Cover* G. ft S. I. Ry. System. Meet* 
subject to call of (3en'l Chairman. J. O. Bolton, 
Gen'l Chairman, Seminary, Miss.; W. L Yeatea, 
Gen'l Sec. ft Treas., Box 60, Maxie, Miss.;H. J. 
Schneider, Ass't (jen'l S. ft T., Maxie, Mia*. 

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NO. So.— Onicioii coven the M. J. & K. C Ry. 
System. T. E. Cooper, Gcn'l Chsirman, Bay 
Sprinci. Min.; H. C. Hufhei, Geni See. and 
Trees., Mahned, Miss. 

NO. 8i. — Division covets tlic Colorado Midland 
Railroad System. Meets subject to the call of 
Chairman. Guy Saling, Gen'l S. & T., Floris- 
sant, Colo. 

NO. 8s. — ^Division covers Western Maryland Rail- 
way System. H. C. McCubbin, Gen'l Chairman, 
Hacerstown, Md.; E. H. Koons, Gen'l S. k T., 
308 Potomac St., Hacerstown, Md. 

NO. 83. — Division covers the Bangor & Aroostook 
Railroad System. Meets subject to the call of 
the Chairman. A. W. Sherburne, Gen'l Chair- 
man, New Sweden Station, Me.; F. J. Crosier, 
Gcn'l Sec. and Treas., Norcross, Maine. 

NO. 84. CAMDEN, N. J.— Meets sd Friday at 8 
p. m. >t Morgan's Hall, 4th and Market sts., 
Camden, N. J. F. S. Pheasant, Chief TeL, Mer- 
chantviUe, N. J.; I. W. Ncwkirk, Sec'y. Pit- 
man Grove, N. J.; T. J. McCabe, Trees., 1014 
Spruce St, Camden, N. J. 

NO. 8$, TRENTON, N. J.— Meets 3d Friday at 
8 p. m., at Coaeordia Hall, 33 West State st, 
Trcatm, N. J. Chas. R. Carty, Chief TeL, pas 
Pond St, Bristol, Pa. ; Chas. Parker, S. & T., S04 
West Hanover st, Trenton, N. J. 

NO. U, ALTOONA, PA.— Meets ad Wcdnoday 
at to:i5 a. m., and 4th Wednesday at 7:30 
p. m., in Lee Building, E. isth st, bet 8th 
and 9th aves., Altcwna, Pa. J. W. McCoy, 
Chief TeL, Juniata, Blair Co., Pa.; J. L. Franks, 
S. ft T., 335 Beech avc, Altoona, Pa. 

NO. 87, SCRANTON, PA.— Meets ist Monday 
evening of each month in I. O. O. F. Hall, 
Main st, Archibald, Pa. J. W. Sampson, Chief 
TeL, Dickson City, Pa.; M. G. Grennell, S. ft 
T., Carbondale, Pa. 

NO. 88. — ^Division covers the Texas & Pacific 
Rsilwagr System. Meets subject to the call of 
the Cbairman. W. E. Sledge, Gen'l Chairman, 
Kdthvillc La.; J. E. De Sousa, Gen'l S. ft T., 
Chamberlain, La. 

NO. 89, BOSTON, MASS.— Meets ist Saturday 
each month at 8 p. m., in Rathhone Ball, 3d 
floor, elevator service, 694 Washington st, Bos- 
ton. Mass. W. A Fenwick, Chief TeL, Fram- 
ingiam. Mass.; J. W. Finn, S. ft T., » Milt' 
avc, Dorchester, Ctr., Boston, Maas. 

NO. 9i> CHICAGO, lU MeeU 4th Tuesday 

of each month at 8 p. m. at Liberty Hall, 70 
Adams st, Chicago, lU. G. Dal. Jones, Chief 
TeL, 38< Dearborn avc, Chicago, 111.; G. H. 
O'Brien, S. ft T., 16S N. State st, Chicago, III. 

No. 93. — Division covers the BnSslo, Rochester 
ft Pittsburg Railway System. Mecto subject to 
the call of the Chairman, H. R. Childs, Gen'l 
Chairman, Wanaw, N. Y.; O. B. Britton, Gen'l 
S. ft T., 150 W. Long avc, Dubois, Pa. 

NO. 93. — Division covers the lUinois Central By- 
road System. Meets subject to the call of the 
Chairman. F. W. Lacy, Gen'l Chairman, 7 Anio 
Flats, Dubuque, Iowa; W. P. Moore, Ass't Gen'l 
Chairman, Lulu, Miss.; R. L. Shannon, Gen'l S. 
ft T., Anna, 111. Chicago Terminal hold regular 
meetings on 3d Saturdsy each month at 8 p. m. 
sharp, in Vicinity Hall (3d floor), N. E cor. 
35th and Cottage Grove ave., Chicago, lU. 

NO. 94, MERIDIAN, MISS.— Meets 4th Wedncs- 
dsy night at 8 p. m., in Young Men's Benevo- 
lent Aasociation Hall, S. E cor. Dauphin and 
Jackson sts.. Mobile, Ala. J. E. Jones, Chief 
TeL, Oak Grove, Ah.; R. L. Howell, S. ft T., 
18 South Catherm st, Mobile, Ala. 

NO. 95, PORTLAND, ME— Meets 3d Thursday 
each month 'at S46M Congress st, Portlsnd, Me. 
H. G. Adams, Chief TeL, R. F. D. 2, Cumber- 
land Center, Mc; C. A. Ford, S. ft T., West- 
brook, Me. 

NO. 96. — ^Division covers the Chicago Great West- 
ern Ry. Systent Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. W. L. Albrecht, Gen'l Chairman, Fred- 
ericksburg, la.; W. H. Scott, G. S. ft T., Elisa- 
beth, IIL 

NO. 97. — Division covers the Seaboard Air Line 
Ry. System. Meets subject to call of Chairman. 
D. May, Gen'l Chairman, Carlton, Ga.; F. O. 
Gumming, Gen'l S. ft T., Seaboard, N. C 

NO. 99. COBALT, ONT.— Geo. A. Dufour, Chief 
TeL, Cobalt, via North Bay, Ont; Harold 
Wolfe, S. ft T., New Liskeard, Ont 

NO. 100, ELMIRA, N. Y.— Meets third Friday 
each month at 9 p. m. sharp. Red Men's Hall, 
i«4 Lake st, Elmira, N. Y. C. M. Weeks, 
Chief Tel., Stsnley, N. Y.; C R. Elliott, Sec 
ft Trees., 381 South Main st, Elmira, N. Y. 

NO. loa, PHILADELPHIA, PA.— Meeting place 
subject to notice from Secretary and Treasurer. 
Arthur C. Malstrom, Sec. ft Treas. West Con- 
sbohocken. Pa. 

NO. 103, STELLARTON. N. S.— John T. tic- 
Queen, Chief Tel., New Glasgow, N. S.; N. G. 
Munro, S. ft T., Box 152, Stellarton, N. S. 

NO. 104. AYER, MASS.— MeeU 3d Sunday oi 
?a:h month at 9:30 a. m., in the ante-rooms of 
Pierce Hall, 3d floor, Clinton, Mass. F. H. 
Willard, Chief TeL, Lancaster, Mass.; John F. 
Mullen, S. & T., 153 Lunenburg st, Fitchburg, 

NO. 105, CONCORD, N. H.— W. H. Meserve, 
Chief Tel., Penacook, N. H.; B. C. Jones, S. ft 
T., Newport, N. H. 

NO. 108, ADDISON, N. Y.— Meets sd Sunday 
each month at 11 a. m., in C M. B. A. Hall, 
Addison, N. Y. F. J. Taylor, Chief TeL, Cross 
Fork, Pa.; L. D. Jacobs, S. ft T., Elkland, Pa. 

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NO. no, RENOVO, PA.— Meets 3d Wednttdajr 
of «aeh month in I. O. O. F. Hall, 4th st.. 
Emporium, Pa. D. J. Shea, Chief Tel., Water- 
ford, Pa.; A. L. Goodwin, S. & T., Box 375, 
Emporium, Pa. 

NO. 1 16. — Division covers the Duluth, South Shore 
& Atlantic Railway System. Meets 2d Sunday 
of February, April, June, August, Octoher and 
December in places designated by General Chair- 
man. J. H. McLean, Gen'I Chairman, L'Anse, 
Mich.; C. Reif, Gen'I S. & T., Lake Linden, 

NO. 117, SHAMOKIN, PA.— Meets 3d Saturday 
months of January, March, May, July Septem- 
ber and November at 7 p. m., in I. O. O. F. 
Hall, Mahonoy City, Pa., and on 3d Saturday, 
at 8 p. m., months of February, April, Jtme, 
August, October and December, in P. O. S. of 
A. Hall, Shamokin, Pa. A. F. Wallaner, Chief 
TeL, Quakake. Pa.; H. M. Michael, S. & T., 
Quakake, Pa. 

NO. 1 18. — Division covers Toledo & Ohio Cen- 
tral Railway System. W. B. Doughty, Gen'I 
Chairman, Baltimore, Ohio; R M. Henderson, 
Gen'I S. & T., Marysville Ohio. 

NO. 119. — ^Division covers the Minneapolis, St. 
Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway System. G. 
W. Lewis, Gen'4 Chairman, Orleans, Minn.; F. 
C. Paine, Gen'I S. & T., Erskine, Minn. 

NO. lao. — Division covers Lake Erie & Western 
Railway System. E. B. Kern, Gen'I Chair- 
man, Milton, Ind.; V. E. Trittipo, G. S. & T., 
Fisher's Switch, Ind. 

NO. 131. — Division covers Wisconsin Central Ry. 
System. A. D. Rouse, Gen'I Chairman, Fond 
du Lac, Wis.; O. V. Soderstrom, Gen'I S. & T., 
Medford, Wis. 

NO. 133. — Division covers Minneapolis & St. 
Louis Railway System. H. S. Vogler, Gen'I 
Chairman, Young America, Minn.; Robert Ham- 
ilton, Gen'I S. & T., Belview, Minn. 

NO. 125. — Division covers Richmond, Fredericks- 
burg and Potomac Ry. System. Friday 
night each month at K. of P. Hall, 3d floor, 825 
Main st. (opposite postoiBce), Fredericksburg, 
Va. C. n. Boschen, Gen'I Chairman, Ashl^d, 
Va.; S. R. Gentry, Gen'I S. & T., Fredericks- 
burg, Va. 

NO. 126. — Division covers Chicago, Rock Island & 
Pacific Railway System. Meets Maccabee Hall, 
Rock Island, III., 4th Saturday evening of each 
month at F. O. E. Hall, El Reno, Okla., second 
Saturday of each month at 8 p. m. W. T. 
Brown, Gen'I Chairman, Whiting, Kans,; M. E. 
Schooler, Gen'I S. & T., Whiting, Kans. 

NO. 127. VIRGINIA, MINN.— C J. Keenan, 
Chief Tel., Kelsey, Minn.; J. F. Kenney, S. & 
T., Albom, Minn. 

NO. 129. — Division covers Lake Shore & Michigan 
Southern Railway System. G. E. Kipp. Gen'I 
Chairman, Blasdell, N. Y.; C. D. Hull, G. S. & 
T., 1039 Central ave., Sandusky, Ohio. 

NO. 130. — Division covers Chicago, Burlington & 
Quincy Railroad System. M. J. Johnson, Gen'I 
Chairman, Anselmo, Neb.; W. A. Henry, Gen'I 
S. ft T., Ericson, Neb. 

NO. 132. — ^Division covers Atlantic Coast Line 
Railway System. Meetings, Florence, S. C, 4th 
Saturday night each month. Rocky Mount, N. 
C, bi-monthly, Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct. and 
Dec., on 3d Saturday night. B. F. Wueeler, 
Gen'I Chairman, Oviedo, Fla.; J. H. Williams, 
Gen'I S. ft T., Wilson, N. C. 

NO. 133. SYDNEY, N. S.— G. B. Anslow, Chiet 
Tel., North Sydney Jet., C B.; Archie B. Mc 
Dougall, S. & T., Grand Narrows, Cape Breton, 

N. S. 

NO. 134, JACKSONVILLE, FLA.— Meets 3d Sun 
day each month, at 136 East Bay st, Herkimer 
Bldg., Jacksonville, Fla. L. R. Funderburk. 
Chief TeL, care Jacksonville Term. Co., Jack- 
sonville, Fla.; N. C Hall, S. & T., Delray, Fla. 

NO. 13s. OLEAN, N. Y.— Meete 3d Monday even- 
ing each month at Rafferty's Hall, ad floor. 
Tower Bldg., Olean, N. Y. E. C Stevens, Chief 
Tel., Ischua, N. Y.; E. C. Stevens, S. & T., 
433 N. ist St., Ischua, N. Y. 

NO. 136, READING, PA.— Meets 3d Friday of 
each month. Geo. P. Riggleman, Chief Tel., 
Mt Holly Springs, Pa.; C. F. Petree, S. & T., 
932 Pear St., Reading, Pa. 

NO. 137. — ^Division covers El Paso & Northeastern 
Railway System. J. C. McNairy, Acting Gen'I 
S. & T., 142$ Angelica St., St. Louis, Mo. 

NO. 138. — Division covers C, C, C & St L. 
Railway. System. C. V. Yeazell, Gen'I Chair- 
man, 68 N. Factory st, Springfield, O.; C A. 
Burton, Gen'I S. & T., 40s6a Laclede ave., St. 
Louis, Mo. 

NU. 139, NORTH ADAMS, MASS.— MeeU on 
the 2d Saturday of each month in Odd Fellows* 
Hall, North Adams, Mass. T. E. Powers, Chief 
TeL, W. Valley Falls, N. Y.; H. F. Cook, S. & 
T., Shelbum Falls, Mass. 

2d Saturday night each month at Columbia Hall, 
Prior and University aves., St Paul, Minn. L. 
D. Beamer, Pres., 360 Selby ave., St Paul, 
Minn.; T. H. Line, Sec'y ft Treas., 236$ Dos- 
well ave., St Paul, Minn. 

Digitized by 


When addressing our advertisers, please mention The Railroad Telegrapher. 


SomethlnK Electrioal for ETsrybody. 
144 pasesa ISO lUiutrmtloni. Sent free. 


Amoderate priced 
eombhuktion set, 
reoommended as a 
learner's apparatus, 
beinar low in price, 
durable and effi- 
cient. Copy of Phil- 
osophy and Practice 

phr flree with each Instrument, 
ohms, fl.lS; Wound, 20 ohms, $1.) 


'unn, S 


Destirned to work on lone and difficult lines, 
and at same time to dispense with local sound- 
er and battery. Begulator permits volume of 
sound to be Increased or decreased at will. 
Price. IM ohms, with key, (4.S0; price, ISO 
Ohms, without key, $S.SO. 


This outfit is indispensable to the practical 
electrician. The ease is made of the best 
quality of russet leather, hand-stitched. It is 
of convenient pocket-book style, with firm 
metallic clasp, and measures Zxfl inches. It 
contains the following tools, viz : 1 Electrician's 
Knife, 1 Oil Can. 1 Pair Nickel-plated O-in. 
Pliers, 1 Pile, 1 Pair Tweezers, 1 Pair Elec- 
trician's Shears and 1 Screw Driver. Price, 
complete, $S.M. 


Hakes a loud, sharp 
noise, the "click" be- 
Inir similar to tele- 
graph sounders. 

Morse alphabet 
characters can be 
transmitted a con- 
siderable distance inor outof doors bypersons 
familiar with the art of telegiaphy. Postpaid 
lO cents. 


Gives three times 
the volume of 
sound ^ven b y 
the very best box 
relays. Hade 
with full siie re- 
lay magnets, 160 
ohms resistance. 
Very sensitive to weak currents, giving a clear 
working sound on circuits where, without it, 
a relay with local sounder and battery would 
be absolutely necessary. With key, price, 
(4.S0. Without key, price, 9».n. 


A combined Cut- 
out, Oround Switeh 
and Lightnlnff Ar- 
rester. Protects the 
instruments and 
house from damage 
by lightning and en- 
aoles operator to 
terminate the line at 
bis station by ground- 
ing the circuit. In- 
strument may also be 
disconnected from main line when desired. 
Complete, with cutout pin. Me. 


Set in usual man- 
ner to ring at a certain 
hour and clock move- 
ment throws into cir- 
cuit a vibrating bell 
which will ring for 
hours unless 
switched off. Clock 
may t>e placed any- 
where and the bell 
and switch arraniced 
near the bed. Any of 
our vibrating bells 
may be used. High- 
grade elock move- 
ment. Price, clock, as 
shown, $ 


Accomplishes ^"Sji- 

results as 
quickly as any 
battery. No 
home should 
be wi^outon» 
Unfailing re- 
lief for rheu- 
matism, opera- 
etc. Costs less 
than one ap- 
plication b y 
your doctor. 
Price, complete with 96-page guide, only 99.00. 

Manhattan Electrical Supply Co. 

17 ParK Place— NEW YORK-14 Murray St. 
188 FUth At*., CHICAGO 

Digitized by VjOOQIC 

When addrcMing our advertiser*, pleatc mentioii The Railroad Teletiaplier. 


No. 6 Remington, latest model $50. 

We offer No. 6 Ramiagion Typawiiter, of latest model ■wHb 
mtomuia ribtmn nveraer and release pawl Improvements at 

No« 2 Smith Premier TyfMwriter, $30. 

Late model, naarly new, Wo. 2 Sm/th Premier TypawrUera, with 
new ribbon, new platen and ruarantee for two years, only $eO, 
oaab with order; tB6o.o.d. w7tA trial: 960. $10 paymuaaf 

No. 2 Remington Typewriter, $23. 

FIrst-olaaa No. 8 Remington Typawritera, in perfect working 
order, $26. oasb wiUt order: $iO c. o. d. with trial: $40, $10 
Buh, $B per month. 100.000 of these macbtaea la dally use. 
Highspeed, small oompaat keyboard, durable. 

No. 3 Oliver Latest Model, $30. 

Latest model No. S Oliver Typewriter remodeled new by the 
Oliver Typewriter Company and deUverrd in origmai factory 
shipping boxes complete with cover for $B0 cash, or $60 on $10 
monthly payments. This la a real bargain. 

Caligraph, $12 instead of $83. 

On^'a/ewiDore left Improved hollow bar No. S Caligraph. 
»very key repreaenta character it prints; no mistakes. (12 cash 
with order; $1S 0.0. d. with trial; $20, $B cash, balance $S per 

Smith Premier No. I, $23; Cost, $100. 

We have a/ew No. 1 Smith Typewriters in good order wlilch we 
will sell as long aathey last at $26 cash: or $40 on $6 payments. 
Same keyboard aa No. 2 Smith Premier. 

$100 Typewriters, $15 to $30. 

f 60.00 Chicago or Munson. like new tlS.OO 

$l00 00 No. IDensmore, good order 25.00 

f 700.00 Ideal Hammond, good order 7S.00 

• Z5.00 Blickensderfers, perfect condition 76 00 

I 60.00 Williams Typewriter, fine order 76.00 

$60.00 Wellington Typewriter, (visible) good order — ZO.OO 

S^^^^' tfot»»le»atypewriter cushion, $1.00; new ribbons, BOc; 
new Dead platens, $1.00. Mailed to any address upon receipt of price. Iron 
frame, walnut top typewriter stands with drawer $3. 


Home Office 
808 Olive St.. 
St. Louis. Mo. 


New York Office 
309 Broadway, 

When addrcuing our adverti«en, please mention The Railroad Telegrapher. 




Battoa la Oold and Bin* C A «« 


ISc. Extra for StamplDK Name. 

In Lots if 25 H Hon, 40g. uek. 

StanpInK NaoM. 10c. Extra. 

•Tit WHiir" Cart CiN, M FMftr n< MHNraiMi 

THIS IS OUR No. 32. 

Made of fineat water grain 
black or red leather ; has three 
small pockets for cards; one 
long secret pocket at back for 
bills.quad ruled writing paper 
memorandum with gold edge. 
Particularly practical, for 
when closed it can be carried 
in the vest pocket. 

Price, $1.00 EMh. 

taaMiatlsa Mt l«r 1 tu., 0.00 
Name Stamped in Gold Leaf on Inside Flap. 





Monogram your own stationery as you need it. 
We can furnish you with any Utter from A to Z. 
An elegant present for your wife or sweetheart. 

I Pocket Moao(raai Seal, f 4 nc 
I Bos of Writing Paper. # 1 i^U 

Monegraai Seal Ooljr 

Prepaid to any part of the C S. 


No. 1035 PASS CA86. 

Grain leather, secret pocket for 
bills, two celluloid front pockets, 
with your name stamped { 1 AA 
on in gold, our special, * ' "'"' 

NO. 6.— An elegant Pass Case, with one trana- 

parent pass pocket and two aide psckets.together 

with bill pocket, your name VI CA 

stamped on in gold <»i>ww 

lucnEii uii piuple mm 

Does the work effectually, without marring the face, 
be on every lady's dressii 
gentleman'a vest pocket 

be on every lady's dressing table and in every « s «% 
Sent postpaid for 1 9 C - 


GMDbination Collar Battoner and Ear Spoon 

Doe* not break or soil the collar. Best Bar Spoon 
made. Jnst right. Sent postpaid for 



Tks tanilast UssMtstrapt 

la flw Wsri<. 



Directions— Remove the top part a, 
and by means of a pencil, etc., press 
the piston down as far as possible, 
(but be careful not to touch the screw 
c) 611 the tube with pure water and 
replace the top part in auch a way 
that the eye piece is in the direction 
of the face, whilst the screw is to the 
right. When turning screw c the 
piston is released and the water will 
be sprayed through the small hole 
underneath the eyepiece, 

5ent by Mali, Postpaid 
upon receipt of 40 Cents. 


Trims the nails any desired length and shape. 
A practical manicure; it cuts ^^^ 
and does not tear the nail. Round 2 5 C 
corners, with file. Postpaid. ....„ 


No. 25. — Best quality steel, carefully f S ^ 
cut and finished. Sent postpaid for * •* *< • 

110 ntlTinCMIt with O. 
I(. T. Monogram}! AA 
and leather case* ' •"* 

110 UDIEt' miTllt CMIt 

correct sizes, in either 
Script or Old C|l|t 
English ''"»■ 

10 lEOIMO WnTtTIOn, by 

Ex. prepaid, f 9 AA 

100 for »5.00 *9,VV 

A. A. Waterman's SELF- 

nii Ki, uoiimi- to nn 

ted guarantee T*iww 

Write for Samples on Calling Cards. 

^i^'vT'w VfQ KIa 1 Hard Rubber Handle. Chased, Agate Point, SA^> 
Ol X LrfV/O XNO* tif 6K in. Long, sent by mail postpaid for 9VC> 



1115.1117 CHESTNUT ST. # ST. LOUIS. MO.. U. S. A. 

Digitized by VjOO^ IC 

When addrcMing our adTcrtiscn, pleaie mention The Railroad Telegrapher. 




You can 
get any kind of 
a movement you 
desire in the SUIniiiB 
ifatcl; Hint but, no mat- 
ter which one you purchase, 
it will be the beat watch of its 
class to be had any place orat any 
price, for railway service. Any rail- 
road man who owns one or any jeweler 
who sells them to railroad men will tell you so 
What you want is a watch that will never go 
back on you rather than one on which you can re- 
cover in case there is anything wrong with it. You can 
absolutely depend on 3Uiniita JBatrlirB and they are fully 
guaranteed, too. 

One dealer writes: "I have sold hundreds of Illinois Watches 
and never had one returned. 

Look for the names exactly as "hown here, engraved on the movements 
themselves, i f you would purchase the best watches made — 9UiniitaSat(l|M. 








Theordlnary old Btyle bath brush laden with filth. corrapUoD and 
dlseitse breeding Kerme. contaminated by the vile a id poisonous excretions 
from the human b<)dy Is fraue^ht with antold danirers and to the man or 
woman of retlnement ih repulsive. 

Wash rasrs and sponKes do not open or cleanse pores, are superficial 
In action, unsanitary and frerui breedlns. do not refresh or InvlirorHte. 

The Allen Fountain Brush is Sanitary and Self-Cleanlns. Con- 
tinuous fluKhlntr of the brKtlcs with pure clean water thai flows through the 
Brush while In use prevents contamination and accumulation of dirt 
and Impurities. 

The Allen is the only bath brush possessina; the *'Three*ln-One** 
essential functions. Friction, Shower and Massaite. The only bath 
brush which at one operation opens the pores, thoroufrhly cleanses the skin, 
ImpartlnK a healthy tone and kIow and puts one in condition to resist colds, 
LaGrlppe and all contagious and Infectious diseases. Its use promotes 
clear complexion, briRht eye^. cheerful spirits and sound refresbloff Bleep. 

In the ordinary tub bath you rewa«h In water contaminated by pre- 
vious contiict with the body— wut*r laden with dirt and Impurities. With 
the Allen Fountain Brush clean water only is applied to any portion of 
the body at will. It 8ec\ire8 all the scientific efTect* of the bath for the old 
or middle a^red. for the rol)Ust and strontr. The only safe bath for the deli- 
cate and weakly. A boon to womankind— Just the bath for the little ones. 

Portable Outfit:— For quick shower or cleansing bath In your own 

room, at home or while traveltni;. Fountain Brush, 1 (ral. Sanitary Metallic 

Fountain or Itubber Water Bottle, Hose, Syringe, Points, Water Retrulator 

and Safety Floor Mat. Four styles; Qem $3.75, NlaKaraM>75. Superb 

$6.00. Improved Superb 96.50. 

Bathroom Outfit:— Adds 100% to en)o>'ment and eKlclBncy of iDatb, Fountain Brush, Hose and Faacet 

Attachment. (Qlve diameter of faucet.) Four styles, Qem $2.25, Niagara $2.75. Superb $3.50, Improved 

Superb #4.25. Any outfit on receipt of Price. 

Remember the Allen Fountain Brush Is guaranteed as to utility, eflQclency and durability. 



2/04 ADAMS ST. 
>T6LED0, - - OHIO. 

make $50 
[ for terms. 

weekly. Ask 

Please state 

whether you want outfit for your own 
use or desire agency. 

Wlicn addrcMing our adTcrtiien, plcuc mention The lUUroad Telegrapher. 

A RIBBON of three colors and a small lever 
that brings the color desired between the 
type and the paper — that's the three-color feat- 
ure of 

The NeMrlU'QmMiie 
SmUi nemiar lypewitto^ 

which enables it to write 

black record for docnmentSt purple copying 
for letters and red for emphasis or display. 

It is so simple that the wonder is it was never 
discovered before. The ribbon-changing lever 
is as accessible as the keys, making it possible 
to change from one kind of typewriting to 
another in an instant. 

A stenographer equipped with a Tri-Chrome Smith Premier can produce 

in proper manner every kind of typewriting any buiinets office demandi. 

The price It the luae u that of ell Smith Premier modelt. 

The Smith Premier Typewriter Company 

•tbacvu, H. y. 
Breech Sieres Irerrwhere. 

The Patented COEY Bicycle Attachment. 

The only •ncceMfnl machine ever placed on 

the market, and the only one you have a perfect 
right to ase. It enables yon to ride safely upon ' 
the rails of any railroad track. No mud nor 
dust. Can be attached in three minutes, 
and can be detached and carried on the 
bicycle at only three pounds added weight. 
Booklet and price list upon application. 


C. A. COEY & CO. 

1426 Mlchl,i-n Avenue. . q^j^d^^^ftbolc 

Wbeo addrenlng our adTertiaen, plaue mention The Railroad Telegrapher. 

Get Busy, Boys! 

It your townspeople oontemplate puttins in an 
exohange, er the farmers in your vieini^f build 
a rural party fine, write us aliout it and we will 
ten you Iww you oan malce a let of money on 

Qovemment experts pronounoe our teiephonos 
better tlian ail others. 


CHICAGO, ILL. Div. 15. 


V In a decision handed down] in the United States Circuit Court on 
May 23, 1 907, Judge Ray declared Horace G. Martin the Real Inventor 
of Automatic Dot-making Transmitters, and the Creator of the Art 



Send for descriptive circulars. 

-Manufacturers of- 

riN'S FAMOUS VIBROPLEX, \ ootrv ^7 CA 
PERFECT TRANSMITTER. / '^'"^'- <|> / .UU 

No. S3 Veaay Street, 



Agents wanted to aell our 8TYLOQRAPHIC and FOUNTAIN PBN& 
Write for Catalogue and Agents' Discount. 

J. T. ULLRICH & CO.. 27 Thames St.. New YopR. N. Y. 


I Li rAn^LII 158 DIetz 

Law and Sofldtor of Patents 

Building, Washington, U. C. 

Patents secured promptly. Rei>orts rendered as to patentability, 
validity and infringement. Band Boole for inreniors sent upon reguest. 

Digitized by 

ent upon reguest 


When •ddroting onr idTertisen, please mention The Railroad Telegrapher. 



^Q^l^^^^^^^^^^^^ R.R.Spl.No. 

German Asate Point, Gold Permle, Bbony an. 

Handle •'V 

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^_No.46 Stylu/ 
^■■^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Rubber C|V 
Handle, targe rongh grip, beat agate point.. «'Vr 

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^* (moss 
cornelian) Stylus, extra high grade. #| Aft 

Moat beauUfnl Stylus made ^l.UU 


T.W. Ribbons. 80, 75, fl. OilllScoz. "Perfect" Oil 
Cans ttc Eiasere 6 and 10c Noiselesi T. W.Cush- 
Ions 80c. Orersleeves 16 andSSc. Byeshadea ISc. 
"Meptaisto" Imptd. Cy . Pencils doz. 05c, H doz. SSc. 
Touch Method (best self-instructor) SOc. Easy I,es- 
aons in Shorthand. Manual, SSc. Phillips Code {1. 
) SS4 p. fl 50. 

Cards with O.R.T.emblems, 
telflgrspta key, sounder or re- 
lay, or all, and flne leather- 
ette or alumtnnm case, post- 
) Mid, eOc. Excellent quality. 
hNew deep lined cats and new type used. 
' (If printed In two colors, ISc extra. 


•r.aflkWMv *12 

are wall known ererywhere. Ko.a Is especially designed 
fOruneren roads and sharp cnrres. No, 8 will work 
witn great success on the roagtaest road In America. 

S»L C«MM«loii A Pram. CartMeaiat «Kh Every Or4«r 

20% down; 10/r A MONTH. 

Reliability— that greatest of business 
builders is building our business. 

V/e satisfy our customers and in satis- 
fying them hold their good will. The de- 
termination to please, goods of highest 
quality, prices the lowest in the market, 
earned their reward. Our business has 
more than doubled in the last twelve 

We never sell a diamond without giv- 
ing a written certificate guaranteeing its 
value and quality, and agreeing to take it 
back any time in exchange for a larger 
stone. If any other dealer can duplicate 
our stone at the same price, we will take 
it back and refund the money. 

Goods sent prepaid for examination. 
Send for Illustrated Catalogue No. 78 

J. M. LYON & CO., 

Established 1843. 
71-73 Nassau Street, New York. 


^ A VEAR in the 

,f REAL Estate 


We willteaehyoa by mail the Keal Estate, General Bruk«r- 
age, and Insurance Business, and appoint yon 


of the oldest and largest co-operative real estate ami broker- 
»g9 company in Aint^rica. Rpprcsentativcuare mRking$3,l>tO 
to S10,0(XI a Tear without any In veitinent of capital. Kicellent 
opportunitiei open to YOC By our system you can make 
money in & few weeks without interfering witn your present 
occupation. Our co-operatlvo department will give you 
more choice, salable property to handle than any other in- 
rtitution In the wr-rld. A TIIOROT'OII COMMEKCIAL 
Write for 6'J page book free. 

THK CROSS COHPANY. 7*6 Reaper Bloek, Chreaso. IM. 

The orStiinal real c^tiite ro-operative company — No con- 

uertion with any oth^r concern of similar name. 

Important to Railroad Men. 


Shake Into Your Shoes 

Allen's Foot" Kaae, a powder. It cares pain- ! 

ful, swollen, smartmi; leet and Inetantly takea 

the stinK on t of coma and baniona. It's the 

greatet>tcumfort diacover; of the age. 

One oi many Rajiroad Man's TastimonlaU. 

"I am a Kallroad Condactor and on my feet ( 

moetof the time. Hy feet were so eore I eoold ( 

hardly step on them. I got a box of Allen's ( 

Foot- Ease aud used all bat two pupers, and my ( 

'feet are now O. K.—Q. MeClnre, Anatin, IlL" < 

Sold hy allDtngglata and Shoe Stores, SBc. ( 

_ Do not accent anutubiittute. ( 

-IB^ nhH* B'of F»KK 'TBIAL PACKAOB,al80 PBBK ( 
M <ib«% 8Ajm.« of the FooT-Eira Sanitary CoBic. ( 
Kit sSe- I**"' »ddi«ea, Allen 8. Olmsted, Le Roy, N.Y.j 

^ Es :* 


lart'a jou oppcrtmuty to maka 
aelltnathe beat, nioeat and oheapeat Pooket Knives made 
In the united Btatea. AUaooda (ally warranted. Tosr 
name and addreaa on one aide of the knife, and lodce or 
anion emblem or Photo on the other aide. 

Write to-day tor llborail tcmaa. 


19-9 WendeU St. • • • CHICAGO. 


To buy form on switch of railroad at wairon 
road crossiDK, where can locate store, post 
office and telegraph office. Must be healthy 
country, In good farming community. An- 
swer fully. N. E. W., 818 Trlbnne Bidld- 

Uamber N. T. Local 
No.KCT.C. A. 

Member Dlvlnon 

No. it O. R. T. 



for one 

lUmington'Sf Smtth^ Dennnore' 
Fay-Sholei*. Underwood'*, OliTei 
And thirt/ difl«rent makes, 

No Noond-hsnd mbblth. I guarantee factory rebuilt! for one 
7«M. DfuUel A. 9Ialion«7, 845 Broadway*^" ""^ 

When addressing our advertisers, please mention The Railroad Telegrapher. 



All th* Staadwd HaclOBaa. lacladlnd 


Rental Applied 0)1 price. 

Write far nittgtntcd Catalogue. 


230 Fifth Avenue, 




■■^ A ^ ^ ■ No. 212. S*e. 

■ ■ M \M I Solid Qold and 

k# AS W I Blaok Enamel. 

t^ r\ M I Kim".'!!*. 


You see dozens 
of railroad men 
every month. 

Why not in- 
crease your 
earnings by 
selling them our 

No. 211. ei.?!!. _ .. J 

■ngraved Maltese dross guaranteed 
with Horse O. a. T. Iv n I 

quality brother- 
hood Emblems } We f uniish the 
goods, you collect and '^nd in 
the money, less your compiission. 
Write now for full particulars. 

W« H«»« "OBlttol" »■»«■« l«r AU Oyg«iil«»tl«.«.^ukMD.o. 

Learn Watch Repairing 

8l a »ftU)bin»ker—jou c»n leani tLli profitable tnd4 ^ 

bf MmfpcrDdetuM Id b Cb* vMki lt> ;our own bocoe 
hj lb* DeSalma (Tbkrt Sjftem. Aftvr 700 oompUtt 
lb* wvna jou will know a watch from A to Z. Too 
vUlkaovjuit what the matter )■ and hov to repair 
OM. Wb«D jDu induale jou will be a pmodoal 
watohmakar and nfmlnr ana oompctcnt to All 
aD7 pocltloo. PoiUIoDi for otir graduates. 
Aflk for our Pre* Book. It ezplalsa 
our f^itvm and tmoi. 




(All SMma Allowed.) 

At All Good Drr Qooda Stores. 


5 Canta A Copy. 50 Canta A Year. 

PARIS MODES CO., 36^4. w. Mtk St . I. r. 

;0 "PAY AS ^, 



■'> Choice of EUtin or ^ 
1^- Waltham Watch with 1 
I 30-7ear eold.*< am f 

|(ao7 size) '■• 
yt2 do wn. BOc a weak. 

Some case, 18 size only, with ^ 
21 Jewel hish-ffrade coo.. 
Denber - Hampden i < y Ml 
moTement, for *'■■ 
M down and one dollar a week. 


s perfect I 


Or, this beaatlAil white t 

mond set In 14-kt solid 

gold ring, (anr stjie) 

13 down and tl a week, or doable the 

amount every other week. 

You nur Mnd ftnt parmant with oM«r or Mk u, to fllip 
C. O. D. lit payment for •xftmlnBtlon. lllustntod Booklat 
Ho. 0-ft rB£E. Sand todaj. Addn 


no. U-O rH£& Mnd today. Addr*M 


^ IHuMBd laapor Ur i - W%Uth JiMttn 
. M» (K-B ) State Bt , €hlea«a 


We have the newest aDd 
neatest devices for cards, de- 
elpned specially for uh; and 
we use only the finest wed- 
ding brjstol stock. 

CisK with O. R. T. monofn-am 
or your name, or both, on 

case, and 100 Hupfrtln^ Calllac 
Carda for ladles or gentlemen, 
script or old Engltsh, with 
any one or two of the following devices on cards: O. R. 
T. monogram, Vreath and sounder, telegraph key, 
relay, semaphore emblem. Brotherhood of Railway 
Clerks emblem. Allfor76o. 100 cards as above, wltb- 
oat case, 40c. Cards printed in two colors withoat 
extra charge. Patronize the fraternity. 

E. J. WILHINS. Friendship. N. Y. Oert. 45, Wt. «. 


I have quit the key after 20 years, and am now 
In wholesale department largest piano factory in 
the world. Authorized to quietly make wholesale 
prlcestoO. R. T.'sonly. Can save you tlOO or more 
on piano. Tou will believe this when you see and 
hear the piano. Write today. 

A. V. IvYI,® 

(Cert. 951.) 25« Wabash Ave., 

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When •ddrctting our •drcrtlicrt, pleuc mention The Railroad Telegrapher. 


B«l*«t knythl&f 7»u vuit~**'Ua«ad It ttooM. Eiftm* 
la« ltOftr«ftillT — If jdu kMD tt, piy h lIuU u jou >itiit 
down— tb* b»Unc« Is iDulT moatulr uTiocDta, to tult 
7(Kiro*aooa*eDl«a«*. Cho^M ko* or tbtM DlMaond*, 
or eh"o«« uijtrom ouroaulofU" orDlAmoDilf , M aichc*. 
■ nd Jewclrj — ••■( FdEB. t>l»mooili ar* ft paylof ■>)<) 
lMtlDgliiTMtiB#tit:thfir T«)ualilao(«MlQf jcarlj. Our 
prioMftnd(arTn<«11l utnalih jou. Our erc-Ui plftn ii 
oytn to kll ban»*t pvrHn* on t oooAdcBUftl b4«la. bvaJ 
|br b«ftutlful CMftU(u« todftj. 


lo. M. 


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To prove It, ask any of our Customers. 

Onr prices are 10 to 76 Der cent less than makers' priees and we etre yon terms that no 
other dealer dnptieatea. Write for them. We are also ceneral agents for 

The Transmitter yoa mast eventaallr buy. 
N yoa iMod m AUTO-DOT or a TYPEWRITER write to in— Write to a« aeyway. 

W. F. McDonald and company - 263 LaSalle Street, Chicago 

O. R. T. DIV. 01. MEMBER o. T. U. A. LOOAL NO. I. 

I'd Like 
to, But 
I Can't 

Ever say that? 

Thinkthat? Aren't 
there lots of things you would do 
»/you only had the money? 

How would you like to increase 
your monthly earnings $25 to*.50 
and that without interfering with 
your present occupation? We 
teach you how to 

Make Money In 
Odd Moments 

by making and selling 
Novelty Jewelry You can 
earn in a few hours how to 
make Rings. Bracelets. 
Stick Pins. Name Pins, etc., 
if you have our cctpyri^hted 

Instnuiim Book. Send for ft today. 

It s Free if you mention this paper. 


^asft^sts^— ' 


We hftTe a BiaadT onknown to the pro* 
faaslop, Wa letnod money U ws do not 
ears. Toa can be treated at home (or Ui* 
MiM prise Mtt yon eame to oar offlee. We 
wUlglTvyoaagaanuityloenreor latnm 
money. Ww many year* wo hav* bean 
earing patlenta In erery oountry in the 
worlds Oar t r ea t ment la In erery aenae a 
borne treatment, It yoa bare eshanated 
tbe old metbodaot treatment and stUl have 
ac b ea and palna. mnoona utehea In month, 
acre thraat, plmplea, oopper-eoloiedapota. 
nloera on any parts ot the body, hair or 
eyebrows (ailing ont, it is this aeoondary 
blood poiaon wa guarantee to enre. We 
solicit the moat obatlnate eaaaa. Thiadia- 
eaae hasalwayabaflled the skill o<tha moat 

eminent physiolana. Wvt many y 
hare made a ai>eeialtyo( treating thisdts- 
eaae with oar Macte Cars, and wo haro 
•100,000 capital behind our unoondlttonal 


0«r pAttonfti onrad yeftrs Mto bjr our trM$ IH^ 
eoTsiT, unknown to th« jirofMnon, nr« todAj 
•ooadaad w«ll,«ad bar* bMltby «uldr«B ■Ibm 


.- Absolttts and pusHiis 

••wMdonappUaMloB. Ma-ngsboot^ 
*^ AddrMita^astoUeirai 

T cMMfnufr 

14T* Kasonlo Tompla. OIil«a«o, U. 8. A. 


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Wben ftddrctting our adTcrtlten, piMM in«Dti«n The Rallnwd T«kcfi4»ber. 

Do Toa like To DnvP 

Bnv Yiciwtt That Bell 

B«td A dr«»ltic of au fol- 
low ftodflad out bow •M^HU 
to m^ko on lad upward* • 
wook bf aimflj drMlitf plo> 

Yva SOB atadj dvrlag joar 
fpu-o BOBoou— ot bom*— M 
jour ofieo or ibopu Tb*lc»- 
Mnadon'toMt unoh. B^ad 
drawlM Today. Aak lor 
Po. Uoir» and tenu. 


Sdiosf if Gtrtoaoifli, 

MS Xwlld Ato., CIoToUad.O. 

Safe Investments 

Tha t Pay Up to 24^ 

Exceptional Opportunities In Dividend Payers 

Your bank account, if earning: interest, la not 
brinirine the profit on your money tliat you ouKht 
to be makinr. 

We have inveatiirated several arood divldend- 
payine minine stocks, payinir 12% to 24%, which 
we can conscientiously recommend to conserva- 
tive investors. 

Whether you have JlOO or $10,000 yon can take 
advantage of these exceptional opportunities if 
you act NOW. Quick action is necessary, as these 
may not remain on the market very long. 

Write at onre for full and complete information 
about these exceptional-investment opportunities, 
prices, terms of payment, etc. 

Webuy, sellandezchautre all kinds of stocks 
and bonds. 

Call or write today for our free market letter 
and Special Circular No. 93, giving full particulars 
of a certain listed dividend-paying stocK that nets 
2% per month on the investment at present prices. 





"0»r' pini, with th» ''WlM Little Owl" 
Ilk* cut, and l«tt«rins "Nit« Opr." dona Id 
gold, on **01d Rom" backgroond, very iwrtl. 
Wrap up a qnarter or Sfi one-cent itampi and 
mail to ui today, and get one by return mall 
before they are all gone. 


Ft Soott, Kane. 

lift and Bespoaeibilitj of the Telegrapli Dperatflr 



Price, 26c In Silver and 
a 2-cent Stamp. 

Tliii book if written from 
pAit and preientezpezltDoe 
ol > talegraphtr. It will bn 
found valuable and inter- 
eitingtoall oonoerned, the 
general public Included. 

Thla book makea clear 
•?• importance and reapon- 
•Ibllitj ofthetelegrapher'a 

Will be pleaaed to have 
roar order, bo^i. Hailed 
promptly upon receipt of 

D. H. McLEAREN, Opr. 
Mitchell!. Va. 

Gure Censfipatien 

Without Drugs 




Conatlpatton Specialist, Inventor of the 
Dmgless Constipation Cure. 

Without the use of pills, purgatives or drugs 
of any kind, I can and do cure the worst cases of 
chronic constipation— cure them to stay cored, 
and restore the patient to a state of health and 
happiness such as they have never known before. 
I can cure constipation no matter how bad it is. 
I can show you how to cure yourself right in 
your own home without the use of drugs. Con- 
stipation is cured for all time when cured my 
way. Fill out free coupon below and mail to-day. 


Fill in your name and address on dotted 
lines below and mail to Prof. T. H. Midgley, 
1325 Midgley Block, Kalamazoo, Mich., and 
by return mail he will tell you free how to 
cure constipation without medicine. 

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When addreMinK our advertaen, pteue mention The Kailroad Tekcnpher. 




I« what we propotc to gtve oveir »«l««rapher who nn* Smith'* 
"Wonder" Bleotro Oil. the onlT remedy tor openiton' vunljtiM 
that has etood the test. It will coat Toa from tl.M to S5.M tor a 
CUBE, accordlnc to the aeTerttr of yonr caao. Aak tor oiron- 
Inr* and te>timoDis1s, Price, charges prepaid. One Dollar 
the bottle. Five Bollara the full treatment. 


(IMt. R.) r. O. Box 9U, 
Oklabonaa GUy.ITJkJu 




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B BB BV FnpuM for Iha lar o< 
^H V^H ■! ■ EDI Stet«. Three CbanM 
OoUace. Poat-OraduatoaiKl 
■ariiMa law. laqiioTed mathod of Initnicaoii, 
•onbtaJni tlieorr and practl«3& 

On* •iBilaiil winm "I !>»»• 1«mii«<1 mor* law 
in lliraa monlhi iind«r joar loMmetion tlian I 
iHRiad Inalz monthilna lawoffloa." 

f|„,l, iMcin ^u:h mODlll- Uniform rata of tuf- 
■on- BanO for oni U-paca catalofoe. In which 
we tin a nnopaU of Iha inlai tor admlirion k> 
*• Wr of tha aamal Slataa. 

Ckleaoo Corroipondence School ol Law 
Rcapar Blook, Chloaao 

lished monthly by the Order ot Railroad 
Telesraphera. Ita offices are located on the sev- 
enth floor o{ the Star BuUdlnc, corner Twelfth 
and GUto itreets, St. Louis. Ho. 

ir ITS 


■■ oiisBlssllsss ar Olaha roa axe tatttestsd in, 
—v wiMa l» wi aa t a l a i se and tl saa —l i. 

Stbinbr cnoravino a BADOC CO. 

• NeBTH vrN ST.. ST. Lew*. M*. 


Inatmmenta, Drama, Unltorma, Snppllea 
and Mnaioal Inatrameate of all klndn. 
Write na wtiat you are interested in and 
we will send yon a big 300- page cstalos 
free. It gives Band Mnslo and InFtrao- 
tlons tor imstenr Bands. Oometa from 

upward. Xaar payments. Write today. 

^ Adams Street Chlcafo 




For all AGENTS and OPERATORS to learn the 
Stock and Grain Brokerage Basiness FHEE and 
Hake ■ Bl< lacome on the Side and not interfere 
with yoor present position. Write 


S38 to S34 Schofield BIdd.. Clevelcad. Ohio, 
■crten niMcliU) tam ■< Tki ChmIMiM StKt Eiebale. 


Bsehanae Post Cards with Operators and B. R. people 
in all parts ot the world. Send Wo for package of BO 
Aaaorted *>mr*a (worth Co) sad • naoaOuP me: 

b•r■l^B ta Bailroadm*' Kxehaam Club for 

ratlRMdemploTeaandtheirtamilies. Satisfaction gnar- 
aateed. Bxchance llstsfnralshed all members reKniariy. 
Address. E. J. Oashman^Mgr,, rnrnrr Benham Aw. and 
BallroadSt.,Heoalio,Mo. (Member Div. 32, 0. S. T.) 


Morse O.R.T. 
cut out initials, etCa 

This desitrn, a void wreath 
BurroundiuK • body of black 
and white enamel set with 
a raby donblet. produces an 
attractive pin unequalled for durability and 
neatness. When the warm days demand 
that you lay aside your vest, secure tiiis pin 
and wear It on lower end of your tie. Keeps 
it from flyinr around your neck with every 
little rust of wind, and elves a much neater 
appearance to the tie. PBICE, Sl.OO. 

L. B. FUNK, 225 N. Fifth Street 

Cert 572, Dlv. U. IBONTON, O. 


mDAItfl CV ^^' 1 »t ^•'^«* an<l ^O' 3 al 
nUlf LCI 19c, poHtpuid, are unequalled 
tor wear. coniKort and nealnrita. Made exctunivelv 

br as f>f bigh-Rrade taetcerized bUck8at«en. ORDER 
TO-DAY. Special concession aud premium certirt(^at*« 
with every order. »ee our other Ad. of ''OPRS. 
ttCPPI-IEs*^' lu this iMoe. 


and kMM 81e«T«t 

Bid Oust oleaa. 
kda of • A9.9»4l* 

fUU-mitoaODM. Mo tytsKBor pbttlairhud la plaM 
^thellaaUa (orlnf rBmUl, Medlnm and Ijiurco. 
Kir, aito, postpaid. Liberal taimi to Arontt. 


There's Money in 
Small Inventions 

as well as laree. Send for free booklet. MTLO 
B. STEVENS & CO., 907 14th Street, Washlnsrton, 
D. C. Branches at Chicago, Cleveland and 
Detroit Establlahed 1864. 

No Paten t, No Fae for our Service*. 

ooor> aio.NK'v 

can be made by Teleersphers representlnK ni in t>'elr 
commnnilies. We scllf^rms and other property qnlctly 
at hiKhest prices obtainable, for cash or on time. Prop- 
erty bought or exchanged 1 n any li>calltT atprices to halt. 
ItsBOUidbeeasyfor you to do a "land offlce" buBlnoss 

among the farmers and townspeople ot your vicinity tor 
US and we will pay yon libera'"- *— -"— -»'•*- »"-•• 
todisy tor full partlenia 



466 Unity BnUdlad. Chicago. 

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When addrcuing our adTcrtisen, pleatc mention Tbe Railroad Telctrapher. 



Wtlkcs - Barrc's Mayor Determined 
HU Poltee •hall Be RiKht. 

Special to "The Record." 

Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Feb. 19.— Tlie crew of 
ft fast train i>ri the Lehigh Valley Railroad 
were airaigiied before Mayor Kirkendall 
to-day, charged witli riiniiiiig their trHiii 
througli the city limits at faster speed than 
• he ordiimiice permits. 

The train uas drawn by two engines, and 
both engineers testified tliat they had n<it 
exceeded tlie speed, and their watches were 
proof. The special policeman who lodged 
the information agiiinst the crew had only a 
silver watch. 

The Mayor said preference would have to 
be given the high-class watches of the rail- 
road men and the crew wits discharged. In 
the future the policeman will have a stop- 
watch, and he will note the time of trains. 




Railroad Man's 

Gets Right of Way in the Courts 

The railroad watch that 
stands every test is the 


The famous Veritas model Elgin is 
made especially to meet the exacting 
requirements of railroading. Send 
for booklet — " Timemakers and 
Timekeepers " — a history of the 
development of the locomotive 
and the watch — told in prose 
and picture. Also describes 
the five Elgin models 
for railroad men. 
Free upon request. 


il ''^J 


Llgin, III. 

Digitized by 


When addrosing our •dTCrtiieri, pleaie mention The Railrotd Telegrapher. 

Permanent Victory 


Temporary Defeat 

IN the first round of litigation over patents on the mechanical trans- 
mitter, the lower court has held that the MECOGRAPH transmitters 
No. 3 are infringements of Martin's patent. We have appealed 
from that decision, and confidently expect to "land on top" when the 
appellate court renders its decision. 

The Coffe Mecograph was the first mechanical transmitter placed on 
the market. (By mechanical transmitter, is meant one not requiring a 
battery. ) 

The Meco^aph was received with such marked favor and worked 
such a revolution in telegraphy that, naturally, various other mechanical 
transmitters sprang into existence. Our temporary defeat brought on a 
violent brain storm, resulting in MECOGRAPH No. 5, one in no way 
a£Fected by the litigations above referred to. It eclipses everything else in 
the line of transmitters, even MECOGRAPH No. 3. 

It is the simplest, best made, most delightful transmitter an operator 
ever touched. 


Try it and you will be satisfied with no other. 

If to be sent C. O, D,, the order must be accompanied by a remittance 
large enough to pay express charges both ways on a four-pound package, 
which remittance we will deduct from our C. O. D. bill. 



74 Frankfort St.. 


Digitized by VjOOQIC 

is a perfect food as 
wholesome as it is 
delic ious — h ighly 
nourishing, easily di- 
gested, fitted to repair 
wasted strength, pre- 
serve health, and pro- 
long life. 

Be sure that jrou 
get the genuine, 
bearing our trade- 
mark on every can. 


Walter Baker & Go. Ltd 

Dorchester, Haas. 


Waterman's Ideal 
Fountain Peri 




Sure In pfliciency and practical tnase, 
il SLTves all mitinns and all men. 

It inuy be <.1fi>euil*'»1 on as thoronjrhlv 
J>y the side ot a mountnin atrenni, in a 
coach or eneine cab. an at nn olTire desk. 

UistbeR.iinewiliinir servant aiall times 

This penisthentandiiid. llispur--h;i<ie- 
Its piTtc-ciiiin is guaranteed. Beyond 
this there \» nothing to dewire. 

Exhibited at Jamestown Fair, 
Interior Coart, Mfrs. and Liberal Arts Bnildinp- 

■• a,„^"^"^^'***^'^^ 

1 vose 

^ EitMiiJuJin Eigklia Hmulrtd and Fifiy-Omt 

• TTie Unvarying Superiority of Vose ^ 
I quality, maintained fur more than half w 
\ a century, hai nude vosc pianoi 7 

» Impregnable la tbelr A 

Mualoal Supremaey m 

• By oer eaiy payment plan, creiy Amtly hx mnd- « 

. crate circumsuncei cm own ■ VOS6 piano. ^A 

We allow ft liberal price for old instruments in W 

1 eichange, and deliver the piano in your house Q 

^ free of expense You can deal with ^ 

u« at a dictant point the lame u to Bottoa. ^ 

Stn^/or (UtmlogutandfuUinformadan. W 


f i6i Boylaton Street, Boston, Maaa. 9 

yA fter Sha v/n,^ 



and insist that your 
barber use it also. It la 
Antlaeptic, and will 
prev ent anjr of the 
skin diseases often 

A positive relief for 
3unbura, Chafing, 
and all afflictions of 
the skin. Removes all odor of per- 
spiration. OetMennen'a— the original. 
Put up in non-refillable boxes, "the 
Box that Lox." Sold everywhere or 
mailed tor aj cents. Sample frrt. 
Guaranteed under the Food and Drugs 

Act. June 30, 1906. Serial No. 154a 
TryMennen^s Kio/^/(Borated) Talcum 

fierhard Mennen Co., Newark, N.J. 

WhcB addrawng our (dTcrtitert, pluK mention The Riiilrcad Telegrapher. 

Railroad Telegraphers' 

By using the speedy Oliver, 
you gain 50 per cent in time. 

And you do this without the 
expenditure of extra physical 
or mental effort 

The Oliver meets the exacting 
demands of the railroad oper- 
ator's work. 

Never gets "nervous prostra- 
tion," no matter how swift the pace. 

The Oliver "works in a whisper" — in taking messages you 
catch every click of the sounder. 

It 'Svrites in sight" — you SEE just what you are doing. 

It is a wonderfully versatile machine — instantly available for 
Wire Work Trsdn Orders. Manifolding Way-Bills, etc., etc. 


has many less parts than the dd-style "mill" and is more 
compact and durable. 

It runs smoothly, prints l^bly, aligns accurately. 

Special Terms to O. R. T. Men 

You can OWN an Oliver Ts^pewriter and pay for it l^ the 
month, the same as if you were renting it 

Let us tell you how easy it is to buy the Oliver on very 
small monthly payments. Ask for the Oliver Book. 

Just mention in your letter that you are a member of the 
O. RT. Address 

The Oliver Typewriter Co., ss D«uboni st.. Chicago^IU. 

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When addreuing our advcrtiten, pica** mention The Railroed Telegrapher. 


ALMOST eveiy one findi it hard to Mve money, yet admits that it it one of 
the mott impoitant thing* in life. 
Like many other thinga, Mving it largely a matter of habit. 

Get Into tfie Habit of Saving! 

Make a resolution today to lay aiide a portion of your pay each week or month 
oa pay-day. before it geta away from you, before "it bumtahole in yourpocket," 
and deposit it in tome reliable bank. There will then be no immediate temptation 
to spend it and you will also be receiring Intaraat oo yoar monay. 

One of the most reliable banks in the country, one that hat withstood fire, 
financial panic and the test of time it 

The Hib 


emian Dan 


It hat a capital of One Million and a Half Dollars and a surplus of over One 
Million Dollars. It is now completing its forty-first, successful year, having been 
established in 18(7. 

No matter where you live, you can open an account with THE HIBEBNIAN 
BANK through its perfected system of "Banking By Mail." Send for circular. 
One Dollar opens a savings account. Interest is paid on all savings accounts.- 

THE HIBERNIAN BANK also has a large Commercial Department and 
has the best of facilities for handling open check accounts. 

Its age and reliability make this institution an ideal 
depository for trust or society funds. If you are the 
trustee of any such moneys or know of any one who is, 
it would be glad to have you investigate its fitness for 
handling such. Your recommendation of 
this Bank to any of your friends will be 
highly appreciated. 

When addressing our advertisers, please mention The Railroad Telegrapher. 

Increase Tonr Speed 

yonr lalary i 
loreose ItseU 


sind yonr lalary wUI 
Increase Itself. 

ktrt jmutlt- , 
dad iltt vhit J 
roil in ain-a 
Ids laa? m 
Tta Boak It Fm. 


Touch Writers 

Are not odIt the faiteit In th« 
ibeeauie they aretb* 

orld, bntl ^ 

fMtcit th«y are tbe Beat paid. 

Our 72-pape free book tolls 
bow they got their ipeed. 

It tells bow we have lncre*Md 
tbe speed of huD<]r«4)f of opera- 
tors fi0,80.100perc«nttbowve 
bare doubled salaries In six 
months t how we hare made snc- 
cesiful touch wrltrrt of thoM 
who said touch writing was Im- 

It contalni more tTpewrltIng 
FACTS than any InstrucUon 
book you ever bought or saw. 
It will tell you bow you 
can learn to write without 
ever looking at the keyi — 
how you can write Just as well 
intbe dark as In broad daylight— all ata speed far greater 
than the best you can attain now. 

If yon art a typewriter user, this book will cost yon only 
tbie trouble of asking for It Please tell ns whatmachlua 
TYPEWRITING, 911 OollefeUllU Sprlnsflald, O, 

Udd. Ark.. Jftii.6,'06. 
I bare Oomplricd tLo 
g«Ulng fifwca doll^rff prr 
month nur* than v1i«d 
vriilagbr ligbt. 

Aod thb, dfttad 10 monthi 

H>Ta koMMcd inoibcr 
pMltlon. ftnd Km C'ttlng 
almiMt doable mr formrr 
■ftUrj. W.B. CRAFT. 

BiookbKTrn, Miai- 

Slightly Used 


At Less Than Half Price. 

Thousands of msoblncs, all leading makes, tn nse 
onlT longenoQgb to Insure smooth running adjnstmentw 
nOtotOor We are the largest handlers of sllghtlv-DBed 
Ijue writers In the world and offer gnaranteeo; rare bar- 
giuns saoh as no other house can approach. 

Machlnej shipped for yonr examination 
and approval to any point In United States 

W4 r^fU all maktM of machinet at 9S a month and up, 

va^ v. ■■ Send today for our big catalog list of rare 
!• K 1 1* typewriter bargains. Don't buy antll 
■ 1 1 k k yon ••• It, write today before oar big 
slearlng sale closes. Special olfer to agents. « 


~ 701 BiMaln BBlMIng, CHiCA«0. ILLINOIS. 




Tht thoo thai will 

not tirt." 

We fit you perfectly 
and save yon the job* 
ber's and retailer's profita. The 
sole of a ReliaDce shoe Is made of 
oak tanned leather, tough and 
durable and costs as mnch as the 
sole of any tfl.OO shoe. Every 
piece of leather in every Reliance 
shoe Is np to the saroe high standard. 
The woikmanship is the product of 
the most skilled shoemakers. Reli- 
ance shoes are made on custom lasts 
and handsomely finished. In wear, 
shape-retaining qnallties. foot com- 
fort and style, we guarantee the Re- 
liance equal to any $6.M retail shoe made. The grace- 
ful curve at the heel prevents slipping up and down. 
the narrow shank proiwrly supports the weight and 
gives the foot absolute comfort. If you'll Investi- 
gate Reliance shoes, you'll wear no other make. We 
fully satisfy you in every way or return your money. 
Write for our Free style-book and measurement 
blank. Reliance Bhoes are delivered, charges pre- 
paid, $3.75. AJI Rellaaee 8ho«H Bear th* Cnloa Stamp. 


^ Box 9. Priendship, N. Y. 

Mftd* to m«M- 
Flta like 
k akldglort. 

|prMBprti*ld. J4J5 




Cut alMve show* full six* 


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Sludirt Bimll LiiIms Iij, 



il IWhanlt TslMni 
M Park Flao*. HKW TOBK. 

Oar Naw Oatalocnt IS Z 8«nt on ApvUeatlon. 

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0. R. T. CAP 

Practicable, Union-Made, Serviceable 
Attractive, Popular Price. Light WeU <ti> 
— ^— Prompt Shipments 

Dbscbiption— Hade of bett Quality 
corded or ribbed Rillc; heavy patent 
leather viaor, ereen underneath to 
gfutde the eyes, and silk strap cord. 

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Vol. xxrv. 

AUGUST, 1907. 

No. 8. 


The Commercial Telegraphers' Strike 


The Strikers are Standing Firm and Success Seems Certain 


ONE of the greatest struggles in the 
history of the country between 
organized labor and organized 
capital is now on. 

The entire commercial business of the 
country is in a stagnant condition as a re- 
sult of a general strike of the commercial 
telegraphers, members of the Commercial 
Telegraphers* Union of America. 

Negotiations between the Commercial 
Telegraphers' Union and the two great 
commercial telegraph companies have been 
in progress for a number of months and an 

amicable settlement of the matters at issue 
was hoped for, especially with the Postal 
Telegraph Company, which has heretofore 
been looked upon as more friendly to 
organized labor, especially the telegraphers, 
than the Western Union Telegraph Com- 

The negotiations dragged along from 
week to week and month to month until the 
present situation is the natural consequence. 

In the early stages of the negotiations, 
the President and General Executive Board 
of the Commercial Telegraphers' Union 

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held conferences with the officials of the 
Postal Telegraph Company, which it was 
believed at that time would result in a mu- 
tual understanding between employer and 

After the last conference between the of- 
ficials of the Postal and the officers of the 
Union, the company agreed to take up and 
carefully consider the various complaints of 
the telegraphers as well as the schedule pre- 
sented it and to make its reply in writing. 
The reply was not received for some time 
and was wholly unsastisfactory to those in- 
terested, as practically nothing was con- 

The efforts of the officials of the Union 
to bring about a conference with the Chief 
operating official of the Western Union 
Telegraph Company were unavailing, as the 
management of that company refused to 
meet the committee, which refusal it was 
feared would precipitate a strike. About 
this time, Commissioner of Labor Neill in- 
terested himself in the dispute, and ex- 
ercised his good offices in an effort to bring 
about an understanding between the two 
parties, a detailed statement of which was 
published in the last issue of The Teleg- 

Later the San Francisco strike took place, 
and Commissioner Neill hurried to that city 
in an effort to bring about a settlement of 
it, in order to p'revent a general strike, 
which it was feared would occur as a re- 
sult of that trouble. 

Through the efforts of Commissioner 
Neill, the San Francisco trouble was set- 
tled, and what was believed to be a gen- 
eral understanding had. 

Among other conditions of settlement, 
were that all of the strikers should return 
to work within a given time; that the com- 
pany in future would receive committees 
of employes and treat with them ; that upon 
resumption of work, the question of in- 
creased pay would be taken up. 

The officers of the union charge that the 
conditions of the settlement were not lived 
up to by the companies ; that when the men 
applied for reinstatement, as provided for 
in the agreement, they were put off from 
time to time and that other indignities were 
heaped upon them in open violation of the 

About this time, a woman scab who was 
working the Los Angeles wire in San Fran- 
cisco became involved in a quarrel with 
the telegrapher working the San Francisco 
wire in Los Angeles. Those who are in a 
position to know, claim that the fault for 
the trouble rested with the scab in San 
Francisco, but regardless of thi: fact, the 
officials of the Western Union discharged 
the man in Los Angeles, which resulted in 
a strike in that office. A day or two after- 
wards when an effort was made to renew 
business between Chicago and Los Angeles 
with' a scab at the latter point, a telegrapher 
in Chicago refused to work the wire with 
a scab at the other end, and he was dis- 
charged, which resulted in an immediate 
walkout of all the telegraphers in Chicago 
Western Union office, and when an effort 
was made to move business from the Chi- 
cago office with the few scabs which they 
had succeeded in securing, strikes followed 
in rapid succession at Kansas City, Den- 
ver, Dallas, St. Louis, Birmingham, At- 
lanta, New York and all the other im- 
portant commercial telegn°aph centers of the 
country, which are still in progress at the 
time of going to presss. 

After the telegraphers at a number of the 
more important offices of the Western 
Union had gone out, those employed in the 
Postal office at Chicago, became embroiled 
in the trouble and went on strike, which 
rapidly spread to all the other important 
offices of that company. 

Later the strike spread to the Associated 
Press, and still later to the leased wires. 

The present strike has resulted in the 
most complete tie-up of business that has 
probably ever occurred in any particular 
line or calling. The business of the West- 
ern Union and Postal Telegraph Com- 
panies is practically at a complete stand- 
still, as they have not been able to secure 
scabs in numbers that have proven of any 
particular benefit, and the strikers have 
remained firm in all sections of the coun- 
try. Those who are in a position to know, 
estimate that there are considerably less 
than five per cent of the original force at 
work, including students from telegraph 
schools, check boys who barely know the 
alphabet and all others. 

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Business is only accepted subject to de- 
lay and much of that filed is sent by mail. 
Public sympathy is generally with the 
strikers regardless of the inconvenience it 
has caused. 

Many of the leading newspapers of the 
country have championed the cause of the 
strikers since the trouble began and have 
shown a disposition to allow the true situa- 
tion to be known in marked contrast to 
their attitude heretofore during labor 

The 5"*. Louis Post-Dispatch, one of the 
leading newspapers of St. Louis, in a re- 
cent issue enumerates many instances of 
great delays to telegrams and a resort to 
the mails by the telegraph companies as a 
means of "transmitting" telegrams. Among 
others it published an interview with an of- 
ficer of one of the leading banks of St. 
Louis, who said: 

"St. Louis being one of the three central 
reserve cities is not hit so hard as other 
cities. Customers of St Louis banks are 
the ones who suffer. Last Wednesday I 
sent a telegram to our correspondent in an 
Oklahoma town regarding a certain light- 
ing plant. It was a matter of credit and 
was of enough importance to justify a tele- 
gram. I received no reply and sent another 
telegram Thursday. Saturday I received a 
letter from our correspondent answering 
my first telegram. He said he received the 
telegram by mail, though I had prepaid the 
telegraph tolls. This instance is one of fifty 
I might cite which have occurred since the 
strike began." 

Interviews are also published with pro- 
duce merchants, wholesale jewelers and 
others who use the telegraph extensively 
and they relate similiar experiences. 

Reports from all over the country show 
that large and enthusiastic meetings are 
being held daily in all the great telegraph 
centers and that the men are fully deter- 
mined to remain out until victory crowns 
their effort 

The Order of Railroad Telegraphers has 
issued a call to all members of the Order 
for voluntary contributions for the benefit 
of the striking Commercial Telegraphers. 

About 20,000 men are affected. 

President Small, of the Commerical 
Telegraphers' Union is credited with the 

following statement as the reason for the 
widespread disatisfaction existing among 
the Commercial Telegraphers of the coun- 
try, which finally culminated in the present 
great struggle. 

"First — The long-continued and persist- 
ent efforts of the Western Union Telegraph 
Company notably, and the Postal Telegraph 
Company, incidentally, to reduce their 
operators to a state of servitude absolutely 
impossible of human endurance. 

"Second — The repeated violation of 
agreements entered into by the Postal Com- 
pany with its telegraphers and the persis- 
tent refusal of the Western Union Com- 
pany to receive committees of its teleg- 
raphers for the purpose of discussing 

"Third — ^The utter disregard of the prom- 
ises made by Colonel Qowry in his letter 
to Commissioner of Labor Neill, dated 
June 20 last, followed by the direct and vol- 
untary breaking of the written agreement 
attending the San Francisco strike, July 19, 
1907, which agreement, with the original 
signatures thereto attached, is now filed 
with the Department of Commerce and La- 
bor at Washington." 


THE twenty-first annual report of 
the Bureau of Labor, which re- 
port deals in strikes and lockouts 
occurring in the United States be- 
tween 1881 and 1905, has just been 
issued and is a most complete docu- 
ment, containing much interesting and 
valuable information on these subjects. The 
report shows that there were fewer strikes 
and lockouts in 1905 than during any year 
since 1892. The report further shows that 
the year 1904 was noted for the large num- 
ber of strikes occurring during that year. 
The report shows that the total number of 
strikes in the United States during the 
period of twenty-five years covered by the 
report was 36,757, and of lockouts 1,546, or 
a total of 38,303 labor disturbances. 

The report also shows that strikes oc- 
curred in 181,407 establishments and that 
lockouts occurred in 18,547 establishments, 
making a total of 199,954 establishments in 
which these interruptions of work occurred. 

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and that there were 7,444^79 employes en- 
gaged in those strikes and lockouts. 

A general synopsis of the report fol- 

The industries of the United States 
suffered less from strikes during the year 
1905 than in any year since 1892, if the 
number of employes thrown out of work 
by strikes and the duration of the strikes 
be taken as a measure. In that year 221,- 
686 employes were thrown out of work by 
2,077 strikes undertaken by 176,337 strikers 
in 8,292 establishments, and lasting an 
average of 23.1 days in each establishment 

These favorable industrial conditions as 
regards strikes during 1905 were apparently 
exceptional, and can not be assumed to in- 
dicate any lasting tendency toward indus- 
trial peace, for the preceding period of six 
years (1899 to 1904) was a period of ex- 
traordinary industrial strife, and the num- 
ber of employes thrown out of work by 
strikes in each of the four years (1901 to 
1904) exceeded the number thrown out of 
work in any year on record save 1894. 

The year 1894 stands out in the history 
of the country as the year most notable for 
the great number of workers thrown out 
of work by strikes, over 660,000 employes 
being thrown out of work by 1,349 strikes 
undertaken by 505,049 strikers in 8,196 es- 
tablishments, and lasting an average of 32.4 
days in each establishment involved. In 
both 1902 and 1903 the number of em- 
ployes thrown out of work by strikes was 
slightly less and the average duration 
somewhat shorter, although the number of 
establishments involved in 1903 was 6,000 
greater than ever before, reaching 20,248. 

These facts are brought out in the 
Twenty-first Annual Report of the Bureau 
of Labor of the Department of Commerce 
and Labor, devoted to strikes and lockouts 
in the United States during the twenty-five- 
year period 1881 to 1905, just issued. 

The total number of strikes in the 
United States during the twenty-five- 
years was 36,757 and of lockouts 1,546, or 
38,303 labor disturbances of both kinds. 
Strikes occurred in 181,407 establishments 
and lockouts in 18,547 establishments, 
making a total of 199,954 establishments in 

which these interruptions of work oc- 

The total number of persons who went 
out on strike during the twenty-five years 
was 6,728,048, and the number of persons 
locked out was 716,231, making a total of 
7,444,279 employes striking and locked out. 


Because of the dependence of one oc- 
cupation upon another in the same es- 
tablishment, the stopping of work by 
strikers and employes locked out in one or 
more occupations often makes it impossible 
for fellow-employes in other occupations 
to continue work. The total number of 
employes, including strikers, thrown out of 
work by strikes was 8,703,824, and the 
number thrown out of work by lockouts 
was 825,610, or a total of 9,529,434 em- 
ployes thrown out of work in the establish- 
ments immediately involved in strikes and 
lockouts. These fig:ures do not include any 
employes thrown out of work in the many 
establishments not immediately involved in 
the strikes and lockouts, but dependent in 
one way or another on the establishments 
involved, as for material, power, etc. 

Over 90 per cent of all those thrown out 
of work by strikes were males and only 
9.43 per cent females. In lockouts 84.18 
per cent of the employes thrown out of 
work were males and 15.82 per cent 


The average duration of strikes per es- 
tablishment was 25.4 days and of lockouts 
84.6 days. The strike or lockout does not, 
of course, always result in the closing of 
the establishment involved, but 61.38 p«r 
cent of all establishments involved, or iii,- 
343, were closed an average of ao.l dajrs. 
In lockouts 68.25 per cent of all establish- 
ments involved, or 12,658, were closed an 
average of 40.4 days. 


The greatest number of strikes in any one 
industry was in the building trades, which 
had 26.02 per cent of all strikes and 38.53 
per cent of all the establishments involved 
in strikes. In the coal and coke industry 
were 9.08 per cent of all strikes and 9.39 

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per cent of all establishments involved in 
strikes. This latter industry had more 
strikers and more employes thrown out of 
work by strikes than any other industry. 
The building trades' were second in order 
in both these respects, with the men's 
clothing and iron and steel industries next. 
In lockouts the building trades led all other 
industries, having 16.49 per cent of all lock- 
outs, more than one half of all the es- 
tablishments involved, and about 30 per 
cent of all the employes locked out and of 
persons thrown out of work. 

Employes and employers who are con- 
centrated in the great industrial States are 
more prone to engage in strikes and lock- 
outs than those throughout the country 
generally. Thus the five States — New 
York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Massachusetts 
and Ohio — had 63.46 per cent of all strikes 
and 69.44 per cent of all the establishments 
involved in strikes, 56.22 per cent of all 
lockouts and 77.99 per cent of all establish- 
ments involved in lockouts, although these 
five States had only 45 per cent of all the 
manufacturing establishments of the coun- 
try in 1900. 


The importance of the part that 
organized labor plays in strikes is indicated 
by the fact that of the total number of 
strikes in twenty-five years 68.99 per cent 
were ordered by labor organizations, and 
the strikes so ordered included 90.34 per 
cent of all establishments involved in 
strikes, 79.69 per cent of all strikers, and 
77-45 per cent of all employes thrown out 
of work in establishments involved in 


Employes who went on strike succeeded 
more often than they failed. They suc- 
ceeded in winniiTg all the demands for 
which the strikes were undertaken in 47.94 
per cent of the establishments, succeeded 
partly in 15.28 per cent, and in only 36.78 
per cent of the establishments did they fail 
entirely to win any of tljeir demands. On 
the other hand, the employers, when they 
took the initiative and locked out their 

employes, succeeded more often than they 
failed. Lockouts resulted wholly in favor 
of employers in 57.20 per cent of the es- 
tablishments involved, succeeded partly in 
10.71 per cent, and failed entirely in 32.09 
per cent of the establishments. 


The strikes which were ordered by labor 
organizations were much more generally 
successful than those not so ordered. Thus, 
strikes ordered by labor organizations were 
wholly successful in 49.48 per cent of the 
establishments involved, partly successful 
in 15.87 per cent, and failed entirely in only 
34.65 per cent of the establishments. On 
the other hand, strikes not ordered by labor 
organizations were wholly successful in but 
33.86 per cent of the establishments in- 
volved, partly successful in 9.83 per cent, 
and failed entirely in 56.31 per cent of the 


During the twenty-five-year period 
covered by the investigation of the Bureau 
of Labor 40.72 per cent of all strikes were 
undertaken for increase of wages, either 
alone or in combination with some other 
cause, and 32.24 per cent were for increase 
of wages alone. Disputes concerning the 
recognition of union and union rules, 
either alone or in combination with some 
other cause, produced 23.35 per cent of all 
strikes and were the sole cause of 18.84 
per cent. A reduction of wages was the 
cause, wholly or in part, of 11.90 per cent 
of the strikes, and 9.78 per cent were to en- 
force demands for a reduction of hours. 
Only 3.74 per cent of the strikes were 

Of the total number of establishments in- 
volved in strikes 57.91 per cent were in- 
volved in strikes undertaken wholly or in 
part to enforce demands for increase of 

The most important cause of lockouts 
was disputes concerning recognition of 
union and union rules and employers' 
organization, which alone and combined 
with other causes produced nearly one-half 
of all lockouts and included more than one- 
half of all establishments involved in lock- 

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The percentage of strikes for each of the 
leading causes has varied largely from year 
to year, but in every year save 1884 and 
1904 strikes for increase of wages have out- 
numbered those for any other one cause. 
In 1884 a greater number (38.15 per cent) 
were undertaken wholly or in part against 
reduction of wages, and in 1904 38.92 per 
cent were for recognition of union and 
union rules. In recent years the percentage 
of strikes against reduction of wages has 
shown a notable decrease, as is of course 
natural in a period of advancing wages. On 
the other hand, the percentage of strikes 
concerning recognition of union and union 
rules has shown a remarkable increase, for 
while they constituted less than 9 per cent 
of all strikes between 1881 and 1885, and 
never reached 20 per cent in any single 
year prior to 1896, yet during the five-year 
period 1901 to 1905 they constituted more 
than one-third of all strikes. The sympa- 
thetic strike, which in the early eighties 
was comparatively rare, but between 1889 
and 1894 became of considerable import- 
ance, since 1894 has not constituted as 
much a<^ 3 per cent of all strikes in any 
year except 1904. 

Strikes for increase of wages have been 
more successful than those for any other 
cause, having entirely failed in only 31.36 
per cent of the establishments involved in 
strikes for that cause, while the next most 
successful, those against increase of hours, 
entirely failed in 37.09 per cent of the es- 
tablishments involved. Strikes concerning 
recognition of union and union rules en- 
tirely failed in 42.88 per cent of the es- 
tablishments involved, and sympathetic 
strikes, the most unsuccessful of all, entirely 
failed in 76.53 per cent of the establish- 
ments involved. 


Within recent years the effort to bring 
about the settlement of strikes and lockouts 
by joint agreement of organizations repre- 
senting the parties or by arbitration by a 
disinterested third party has been attended 
with considerable success. During the five- 
year period 1901 to 1905, 5.75 per cent of 
all strikes and 12.20 per cent of all lockouts 
were settled by joint agreement and 1.60 
per cent of the strikes and 2.03 per cent of 

the lockouts were settled by arbitration. 
These methods of settlement have been thus 
far largely confined to a few industries, 
practically one-half of the strikes and two- 
thirds of the lockouts settled by joint agree- 
ment being in the building trades, and 
about 14 per cent in the coal and coke in- 
dustry. Of the strikes settled by arbitra- 
tion more than one-fourth were in the 
building trades and 13 per cent in the coal 
and coke industry. These figures do not 
fully represent the progress of these 
methods of settlement of disputes between 
employer and employe, for both methods 
are being used to a large and increasing ex- 
tent to settle disputes before a stoppage of 
work occurs. 


THE enactment of the eight-hour law 
governing the employment of rail- 
road telegraphers continues. New 
York, Connecticut and Wisconsin being the 
latest acquisitions to the list. 

The New York law, which becomes ef- 
fective October i, 1907, is a straight eight- 
hour law with limitation regarding its ap- 
plication; the limitation being a stated 
minimum number of trains that shall be 
handled on a line before the law becomes 
applicable to such line. 

The Connecticut law has no limitation 
regarding the number of trains, but exempts 
one-man stations from its provisions. 

The Wisconsin law is a straight eight- 
hour law with no limitations whatever, ex- 
cept in case of accident. 

Another feature of the Wisconsin law is 
the penalty provided for violation thereof, 
which is a fine of not less than one thou- 
sand dollars nor more than five thousand 
dollars for each offense. 

The new laws are as follows : 

An Act to create a new section to the 

statutes of 1898, to be known as Section 

i8i6m, relating to railroads. 

The people of the State of fVisconsin, 
represented in 'Senate and Assembly, do 
enact as follows: 

Section i. There is created and added to 
the statutes of 1896 a new section to read: 
Section i8i6m. It shall be unlawful for 

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any corporation or a receiver operating a 
line of railroad, in whole or in part, in the 
State of Wisconsin, or any officer, agent 
or representative of such corporation or re- 
ceiver, to require or permit any operator to 
remain on duty for more than one period 
of eig^t consecutive hours, and when said 
operator shall have been on duty for said 
eight hours he shall be relieved and not re- 
quired or permitted again to go on duty 
until he has had at least sixteen consecutive 
hours o£F duty in any twenty-four hours; 
provided this provision shall not apply in 
case of casualty upon such railroad; in 
which case said operator may be required 
or permitted to be on duty not more than 
one period of twelve consecutive hours in 
any twenty-four hours, or not to exceed 
three days of said twelve successive hours 
each at one time. 

2. The term "operator" shall include 
train dispatchers, and shall be defined and 
construed to mean an employe who, by the 
use of the telegraph or telephone dis- 
patches, or reports, transmits, receives or 
delivers orders pertaining to or affecting 
the movement of cars, engines, or trains, or 
who handles such cars, engines, or trains 
by or under what is known and termed the 
block system; the "block system" shall be 
defined and construed to mean reporting 
cars, engines or trains to another office or 
offices and to the train dispatcher register- 
ing same and operating one or more order 
or signal devices, and manipulating signal 
devices affecting the movement of cars, en- 
gines or trains from stations or towers in 
railroad yards or on main tracks. 

3. Whenever the railroad commission 
shall learn of any violation of this section 
by any company or by an officer or agent 
of any such company, it shall be the duty 
of the railroad commission to investigate 
such violation at once and it shall have 
power to require such company to imme- 
diately provide such additional employes as 
are necessary to comply with the provisions 
of this act. 

4. The failure to comply with any of the 
provisions of this section shall subject the 
corporation or receiver or any officer, agent 
or representative of such corporation or re- 
ceiver to a penalty of not less than one 

thousand dollars nor more than five thou- 
sand dollare for each offense, to be sued for 
and recovered in the name of the State, 
with the costs of prosecution, by the attor- 
ney general or under his direction, or by 
the district attorney for any county in 
which the violation may occur, and in the 
Circuit Court for such county, and such 
penalty, when recovered, shall be paid into 
the county treasury of the county in which 
the violation occurred, for the benefit of 
such county. 

Section 2. All acts and parts of acts in- 
consistent with the provisions of this act 
are hereby repealed. 

Section 3. This act shall take effect and 
be in force from and after January i, 1908. 


Explanation. — Hatter lo ttaUc* ii new; mat- 
ter In bracket* ( ] U old law to be omitted. 

An Act to amend the labor law, relative to 

hours of labor of certain employes on 

The people of the State of New York, 

represented in Senate and Assembly, do 

enact as follows : 

Section i. Chapter four hundred and fif- 
teen of the laws of eighteen hundred and 
ninety-seven, entitled "An act in relation 
to labor, constituting chapter thirty-two of 
the general laws," is hereby amended by 
adding a new section after section seven 
thereof, to be section seven-a, to read as 
follows : 

Section ya. Regulation of hours of labor 
of block system telegraph and telephone 
operators and signalmen on surface, sub- 
way and elevated railroads. — The pro- 
visions of section seven of this chapter shall 
not be applicable to employes mentioned 
herein. It shall be unlawful for any cor- 
poration or receiver, operating a line of 
railroad, either surface, subway or elevated, 
in whole or in part, in the 'State of New 
York, or any oMcer, agent or representative 
of such corporation or receiver to require 
or ptrmit any telegraph or telephone opera- 
tor who spaces trains by the use of the tele- 
graph or telephone under what is known 
and termed the "block system" (defined as 
follows) : Reporting trainis to another 
oMce or offices or to a train dispatcher 
operating one or more trains: w\der signals, 

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and telegraph or telephone levermen who 
manipulate interlocking machines in rail- 
road yards or on main tracks out on the 
lines [connecting side tracks or switches] 
or train dispatchers in its service whose 
duties substantially, as hereinbefore set 
forth, pertain to the movement of cars, en- 
gines or trains on its railroad by the use of 
the telegraph or telephone in dispatching 
or reporting trains or receiving or trans- 
mitting train orders as interpreted in this 
section, to be on duty for more than eight 
hours in a day of twenty-four hours, and 
it is hereby declared that eight hours shall 
constitute .a day of employmtnt for all 
laborers or employes engaged in the kind 
of labor aforesaid; except in cases of ex- 
traordinary emergency caused by accident, 
fire, flood or danger to life or property and 
for each hour of labor so performed in any 
one day in excess of such eight hours, by 
any such employe, he shall be paid in addi- 
tion at least, one-eighth of his daily com- 
pensation. Any person Or persons, com- 
pany or corporation, who shall violate any 
of the provisions of this section, shall, on 
conviction, be fined in the sum not less 
than one hundred dollars, and such fine 
shall be recovered by an action in the name 
of the State of New York, for the use of 
the State, which shall sue for it against 
such person, corporation or association vio- 
lating this act, said suit to be instituted 
in any court in this State having appro- 
priate jurisdiction. Such fine, when recov- 
ered as aforesaid, shall be paid without any 
deduction whatever, one-half thereof to the 
informer, and the balance thereof to be 
paid into the free school fund of the State 
of New York. The provisions of this act 
shall not apply to any part of a railroad 
where not more than eight regular passen- 
ger trains in twenty-four hours pass each 
way; provided, moreover, that where 
twenty freight trains pass each way gener- 
ally in each twenty-four hours then the pro- 
visions of this act shall apply, notwith- 
standing that there may pass a hss number 
of passenger trains than hereinbefore set 
forth, namely eight. 

Section 2. This act shall Uke effect 
October first, nineteen hundred and seven. 


An Act concerning hours of labor of tele- 
graph operators and train dispatchers. 

General Assembly, January Session, A. 
D. 1907. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of 
Representatives in General Assembly 
convened : 

Section i. It shall be unlawful for any 
person, persons, corporation or receiver 
operating a line of railroad wholly or partly 
within this State, or any officer, agent or 
representative of such corporation or re- 
ceiver, to require or permit any telegraph 
or telephone operator, who spaces trains by 
the use of the telgraph or telephone, under 
what is known and termed the "block sys- 
tem," defined as follows : Reporting trains 
to another office or officers, or to a train 
di^atcher operating one or more trains 
under signals, and telegraph or telephone 
levermen who manipulate interlocking ma- 
chines in railroad yards or on main tracks 
out on the lines connecting sidetracks or 
switches, or train dispatchers in its service 
whose duties substantially, as hereinbefore 
set forth, pertain to the movement of cars, 
engines, or trains on its railroad by the use 
of the telegraph or telphone in dispatching 
or reporting trains or receiving or trans- 
mitting train orders, as interpreted in this 
section, to be on duty for more than eight 
hours in a day of twenty-four hours, and it 
is hereby declared that eight hours shall 
constitute a day of employment for all 
laborers or employes engaged in the kind 
of labor aforesaid ; provided, that at sta- 
tions that are kept open only during the 
daytime, where only one telegraph or tele- 
phone operator is employed, such operator 
may work twelve hours in a day of twenty- 
four hours, and that the hours of service 
of telegraph or telephone operators, as in- 
terpreted in this section, shall be consecu- 
tive, including one meal hour; and pro- 
vided, further, that in case of sickness, 
death, wrecks, or washouts, telegraph or 
telephone operators may be held on duty 
not to exceed sixteen hours in a day of 
twenty-four hours. 

Section 2. Any person or persons, com- 
pany, or corporation, who shall violate any 

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of the provisions of the preceding section 
shall, on conviction, be fined not more than 
one thousand dollars. 

Section 3. This act shall take effect Jan- 
uary I, 1908. 

amount prayed for in the petition or infor- 
mation— $1,000— is in excess of the jurisdic- 
tion of a Justice of the Peace, whose juris- 
diction can not exceed amounts of over 
$250; that it is unconstitutional because it 
interferes with interstate commerce. 


THE eight-hour law for railroad teleg- 
raphers, which recently became ef- 
fective in Missouri, has been ignored 
by the railroads on the ground that it was 

Complaints for violation of the law have 
been filed in different sections of the State, 
the first of which trials has just been held 
at Chillicothe, Mo., and resulted in the con- 
viction of the company, and the imposition 
of a fine of $200. 

The following special dispatch to the St. 
Louis Republic furnished considerable in- 
formation on the subject: 

"The Burlington Railroad Company was 
found guilty today on a charge of violating 
the eight-hour telegraph law and fined $aoo 
by Justice Crall. It was alleged that the 
Burlington violated the law by requiring 
and permitting L. D. Howe, an operator, 
to work more than eight consecutive hours 
in each twenty-four. An appeal was taken. 

"This is the first conviction that has been 
secured under the law passed at the regular 
session of the Legislature, which prohibits 
teleg^raph operators whose work is in any 
way connected with the movement of trains 
from working more than eight hours a day. 

"The case was brought by Prosecuting 
Attorney E. C. Carr. The only evidence 
introduced was the testimony of Howe. 

"The railroad's defense consisted of a mo- 
tion to dismiss the case on the following 

"That the defendant had been served b>- 
civil process and was not in court by arrest ; 
that the United States Congress had legis- 
lated on the same subject, which barred the 
State from regulating the same thing; that 
the law is in violation of the Fourteenth 
Amendment of the United States Constitu- 
tion in that it denies the defendant the 
equal protection of the law; that the law 
contravenes the constitutional provision re- 
garding contracts, impairing the obligation 
of the company with its employes ; that the 


THE Secretary of the Trades and 
Labor Congress of Canada has 
just issued the following official 
call for the twenty-third annual session of 
that body, which will convene in Winnipeg, 
on Monday, September 16. 1907: 
To the Officers and Members of Trades 
and Labor Councils, National Trade 
Unions, Federal Labor Unions and In- 
ternational Local Trade Unions in the 
Dominion of Canada, Greeting: 

Fellow Labor Unionists and Brothers: 

The twenty-third annual session of the 
Trades and Labor Congress of Canada will 
convene in the legislative council chamber, 
Broadway, City of Winnipeg, Province of 
Manitoba, beginning at 10 o'clock, Monday 
morning, September 16, 1907, and will con- 
tinue in session from day to day until the 
business of the convention has been com- 

Last year, notwithstanding the fact that 
the convention was held in the extreme 
west of Canada, namely, at Victoria, the 
convention, both in point of numbers and 
enthusiasm, excelled anything in the his- 
tory of organized labQr in Canada. 

With the convention in Winnipeg, the 
future capital of the British Empire, and 
fairly accessible, both as to cost of trans- 
portation and time, all past records should 
be broken. The approaching convention is 
expected to be a climax of the great work 
of organization for the past twenty-five 
years in Canada. Your body can not afford 
to be unrepresented. 

While the organization of the workers 
has gone on most successfully, the efforts 
of our opponents have never been greater 
or more pronounced, and the necessity for 
close touch amongst all branches of labor 
in every part of Canada has never been 
more marked. Matters affecting the every- 
day life of the toiler will be the subject of 

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discussion on each day of the convention, 
and the importance of your organization 
entitles it to be heard in the consideration 
of all these great questions. 

The laws passed during the last session 
of the Dominion Parliament, as well as 
those enacted by the various Provincial 
Legislatures, will afford much room for 
discussion, and will require the exercise of 
the best thought in the world of labor. See 
to it, therefore, that your delegates are on 

One of the most important questions to 
come before the convention will be the 
policy of the Congress towards immigra- 
tion. The advent of thousands of immi- 
grrants, and the promise of thousands more, 
have brought the immigration question to 
the forefront, and today it ranks as one of 
the most difficult problems confronting 
organized labor, affecting, as it does, our 
wages, our hours of labor; in fact, every 
condition that surrounds us in the sale of 
our labor. As every Province has its own 
problems in this regard, every Province 
should be well represented at the conven- 

So, too, the reports of the Provincial 
Executives as to the progress of the politi- 
cal action, determined upon at the Victoria 
convention, will be of great and enduring 
interest. The movements and utterances 
of the representatives of the Liberal and 
Conservative parties indicate very clearly 
that we will have a general election for 
the Dominion Parliament in 1908. This 
means that the Winnipeg convention of the 
annual Parliament of labor will be the only 
chance that the representatives of labor, 
through their Dominion Legislative Labor 
Body, will have of reviewing the work done 
by the Provincial Executives with respect 
to independent political action and taking 
such steps as they deem necessary to com- 
plete this work. Therefore, it is of para- 
mount importance that at least every 
trades and labor council, from Halifax in 
the East to Victoria in the West, should 
be represented by the very best men. 

Don't be content to say that there will 
be enough there without you. Have your 
own delegates present This is the grow- 
ing time, and organized labor must keep 
up with the procession. It is useless for 
you to inveigh against unjust laws, or the 
methods of the employers, unless you do 
your part in passing upon the ways and 
means to better yourself. Isolation from 
the general labor movement not only 
weakens your own organization but helps 
to destroy the movement itself. 
Faithfully yours, 
Alphonse Verville, M. P., 

President, Montreal. 
James Simpson, 

Vice-President, Toronto. 
P. M. Drapeii, 
Secretary-Treasurer, Ottawa. 


THE question of immigration into the 
United States is one that is receiv- 
ing serious attention at the hands 
of the various organizations. There were 
1,285,349 immigrants landed into the United 
States during the year ending June 3D, 
1907. Of this number 258,943 came from 
Russia, 285,731 from Italy and 338,532 from 

On account of this great influx of cheap 
alien labor, various protective leagues and 
societies are being formed for the purpose 
of pushing legislation in the National Con- 
gress looking toward the checking of this 
great influx of cheap labor into the United 
States. That some prompt and decisive 
action should be taken is apparent, and as 
legislative measures are necessary, it would 
seem the best means to accomplish the de- 
sired end would be active agitation for the 
amendment of the immigration laws of the 
country; and in order to bring this about, 
it will be necessary to impress upon the 
minds of the members of the National Con- 
gress that the people demand this legisla- 
tion, and it should be made an issue in the 
next campaign. 

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Forty-four new and revised schedules 
have been secured since January i, 1907. 

One thousand three hundred and sixty- 
nine new members were initiated into the 
Order during the month of July. 

At the time of going to press 24,952 mem- 
bers had already paid dues for the new 
term ending December 31, 1907. 

It is said that Grover C. Pyle, whose 
name appears on the Katy scab list, is now 
working for the Iron Mountain at Earle, 

The surplus in the Mortuary Fund of the 
Mutual Benefit Department continues to 
grow and will probably pass the $200,000 
mark by the end of August 

The accompanying is an engraving of an 
official O. R. T. gold ring. These rings 
can be had from the 
Grand Secretary and 
Treasurer for $4.5a In 
ordering them it is only 
necessary to give the size 
desired, which information can be secured 
from any jeweler. 

The statement issued by the Bureau of 
Immigration for the month of June, 1907, 
shows that there were I54<734 aliens landed 
at the various ports of entry in the United 
States during that month; that there were 
1,311 debarred from entrance, classified as 
follows: Idiots, 5; insane persons and epi- 
leptKs, 27 ; paupers or likely to become pub- 
lic charges and beggars, 545; loathsome or 

dangerous contagious diseases, 271 ; con- 
victs, 7; polygamists, i; contract laborers, 
418; insufficient or no passports, 14; under 
provision of Chinese Exclusion Act, 14 ; ac- 
companying aliens, 9. The report also 
shows that there were 72 aliens returned by 
the immigration authorities after landing. 
The total number of aliens landed in the 
United States during the month of June, 
1906, were 119,90a 

Help to complete thorough organization 
throughout the country by furnishing the 
Grand Secretary and Treasurer with a cor- 
rect list of all non-members in your terri- 
tory, using care to give correct initials, the 
correct spelling of the name, and the cor- 
rect address, and also to show the road on 
which they are employed. 

Since the last announcement new sched- 
ules have been secured on the C, R.. I. & 
P. Ry., of Texas, the Kanawha and Michi- 
gan Ry., and the Zanesville and Western 
Ry., and revised schedules have been se- 
cured on the Baltimore & Ohio Southwest- 
ern, Queen & Crescent (North), Soo Line, 
New York, Ontario & Western, and the 
Missouri Pacific Railway. 

The Cincinnati Post, in a recent issue, 
publishes the following special from At- 
lanta, Ga. : 

"The fight of Hoke Smith, formerly Sec- 
retary of the Interior under President 
Cleveland, but now the reform Governor 
of Georgia, for purity in politics and legis- 
lative meetings, is having effect. 

"The Georgia Legislature has passed a 
drastic anti-lobby bill which was inspired 
by the Governor. It provides that every 
lobbyist must register with the Clerk of the 

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House and Senate and must present signed 
affidavits telling of every bill in which they 
are interested. 

"No lobbyist shall be allowed on the floor 
of either the House or the Senate. They 
can appear before committees only. Viola- 
tion of this law shall be punished by fine 
and imprisonment. 

"The 'third house' in the Georgia Legis- 
lature has previously been notoriously open, 
lobbyists button-holing members on the very 
floor of the House. The railroad lobby was 
the strongest, and it was on a platform of 
compelling the railroads to obey the man- 
dates of the State that Gov. Smith was 

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The following births have been reported 
since the last issue of The Telegrapher: 

To Bro. and Mrs. Wm. Allen, of Kyles, 
O., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. H. Swan, of Roca, 
Neb., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Ed Ott, of Massillon, 
Ohio, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. L. P. Trapntll, of Met- 
ter, Ga., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. N. A. Knotter, of Fort 
Hill, Pa., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Y. Alexander, of Wat- 
son, Ind., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. F. F. Hadsell, of Tal- 
mo, Kaa, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. W. J. Mills, of Bay- 
field, Wis., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. S. Clark, of Black- 
well, Okla., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. O. L. Walker, of 
Meigs, Ga., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. E. R. Banks, of Hawk 
Point, Mo., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. J. S. Walker, of Peach- 
land, N. C, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. L. C Wilson, of El 
Paso, Texas, a girl. 

To Bro and Mrs. P. T. Harrity, of Roch- 
ester, N. H., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. E. F. Erskine, of 
Blakesley, O., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. G. E. McCleary, of 
Meadows, 111., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. G. B. Garwood, of 
Quitman, Ga., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. E. H. Birchfield, of 
Roanoke, Va., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. John C. Hunter, of 
Donald, Conn., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Edw. Lockridge, of 
Wadesville, Ind., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs: J. T. Halverson, of 
Napavine, Wash., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Smith Endicott, of Rio 
Grande, N. J., a boy. 

To Bro and Mrs. N. S. La Bounty, of 
Woodward, Ind., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. C R. Darrah, of 
Meyersdale, Pa., a girl. 

To Bl<^. and Mrs. A. H. Strickland, of 
Enterprise, Ala., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Percy W. Brown, of 
Saugatuck, Conn., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Chas. A. Evans, of 
Ostrander, Minn., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. E. T. Greenway, of 
Crystal City, Man., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. W. F. Qark, of Long 
Island City, N. Y., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. W. T. Benedict, of 
Conneaut Lake, Pa., a boy. 

The following marriages have been re- 
ported since the last issue of The Teleg- 
rapher : 

Bro. J. A. Raines, of Div. 2, to Miss Lena 

Bro. J. D. Minsel, of Div. 2, to Miss 
Myrtle Hull. 

Bro. Daniel T. Utz, of Div. 100, to Miss 
Grace Miller. 

Bro. Carl S. Quick, of Div.. 100, to Miss 
D. D. Slocum. 

Bro. J. R. Langley, of Div. 93, to Miss 
L. Edna Petty. 

Bro. I. Anderson, of Div. 36, to Miss 
Grace Rawlings. 

Bro. L. B. Lewis, of Div. 76, to Miss 
Laura B. Davis. 

Bro. Geo. L. Bernard, of Div. 41, to Miss 
Katherine O'Malley. 

Bro. George E. Andrews, of Div. 100, to 
Miss Anna Voorhees. 

Bro. A. V. J. Selkirk, of Div. 7. to Miss 
Annie Isabell Malott. 

Bro. F. W. Schenmeyor, Jr., of Div. 8, to 
Miss Laurena Coughlin. 

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Arthur Orlffln. W. B. Sehronk. Max Oriffln. 

T. A. Lane. Htss Edith L. Huffman. O. L. NeaL 

Bro. Neal and Miss Huffman were married at Clayton, Mo., June 18th. Bro. Lane 

of Oiv. 2, beine the Committee on Reception and Arranrementa. 

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Bra H. E. Cox, of Div. 138^ to Miss 
Pearl Miller. 

Bro. C A. Payne, of Div. 34, to Miss 
Lille Combs. 

Bro. R. A. Hauseman, of Div. 74, to Miss 
Blanch Duffy. 

Bro. Jay M. Gordon, of Div. 32, to Miss 
Mertie Canon. 

Bro. E. T. Eager, of Div. 126, to Miss 
Eula Aldridge. 

Bro. A. A Ransom, of Div. 76, to Miss 
Gertrude O'Connor. 

Bro. C. L. Short, of the Grand Div., to 
Miss Annie F. Clawson. 

At Ontario, N. Y., Bro. Wtlby Hamilton, 
of Div. 8, to Miss Jessie Truax. 

At Dinsdale, Iowa, Bro. L. E. Stark, of 
Div. 126, to Miss Mary Bicket. 

At Mankato, Minn., Bro. B. J. Funk, of 
Div. 76, to Miss Minerva Foley. 

At Meriden, Conn., Bro. E. M. Thomp- 
son, of Div. 29, to Miss Eva Wells. 

At Galesburg, 111., Bro. Harry D. Ga- 
briel, of Div. S, to Miss Lucy P. Wagher. 

The Telegrapher extends congratula- 
tions to the happy couples. 

The following deaths have been reported 
since the last issue of The Telegrapher : 

At Minhall, Pa., Bro. W. N. Smith, of 
Div. 52. 

At Omaha, Neb., Bro. G. W. Barnes, of 
Div. 126. 

At Connellsville, Pa., son of Bro. S. M. 
DeHuff, of Div. 33- 

At Sedalia, Colo., infant daughter of Bro. 
J. E. Bobbitt, of Div. 49. 

At Loretto, Ky., little daughter of Bro. 
F. K Beaven, of Div. 93. 

At Dallas, Texas, Alva Gednty, little son 
of Bro. and Sister A. J. Crew. 

At Baltimore, Md., Mrs. Kothe, mother 
of Bro. John Kothe, of Div. 33. 

At Pierre, S. D., the only daughter of 
Bro. M. C Highbee, of Div. 76. 

At Canandaigua, N. Y., infant daughter 
of Bro. E. K. Harris, of Div. 100. 

The bereaved relatives have the sym- 
pathy of alL 


Present address of John Murphy. Swan, 
if you see this, write me. BowDV. 

Present address of E. S. Barker. Ed, if 
you see this, write. H. W. Owen, 

Swallows, Colo. 

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of C. 
W. McFarland, kindly notify Mrs. Dolly 
Wilson, Waverly, Minn., at once. 

Present address of Herman M. Johnson. 
If you see this, write me. 

W. J. Beck, Jr., 
Box 24, Granger, Wyo. 

Present address Corporal Glenn Connley. 
Last heard of in Kansas City, Mo., headed 
south. Corporal, if you see this, write me 
at 844 Howard ave.. New Orleans, La. 


Present address of Thomas Campbell, age 
17 years, of West Middlesex, Pa. Left 
home several months ago. Last heard of 
at Grayling, Mich. C. W. Dawson, 

Pulaski, Pa. 

Present address of William T. Kelley. 
Last heard from at Adrian, Wash., working 
for Northern Pacific R. R. "Chunk," if 
you see this, write to me, Sister Evelyn. 

1323 Main St., Jacksonville, Fla. 

Present address of Clifton Noble. Last 
heard of working on A. B. & A. at Nicholes, 
Ga. Cliff, if you see this write your old 
pal. A. C. L., Branford, Fla. 

C. M. DeLong. 

Present address of A. B. Chandler. Last 
heard of on April 14, at Steins, New Mex. 
His father and mother are very anxious 
about him. Any information as to his 
whereabouts will be appreciated. 

J. D. Lane, 
Mansfield, S. D. 

Present address of A. J. Crew. Last 
heard from working on Colorado Midland. 
"CW," if you see this, write me ; important ; 
also present address of F. J. Mason. Last 
heard from with Texas Pacific, El Paso, 
Texas. Frank, if you see this, write me. 
A. P. Chambliss, 
Ticket agent. Seaboard Airline Ry., 
Hamlet, N. C. 

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Present address of E. C. Brandenburg. 
Last heard of working as operator for 
Southern Pacific in April last 

H. L. Kempek, 
Cashier, Commercial Bank, 
San Luis Obispo, Cal. 

Present address A. W. Showalter. 
Worked as dispatcher on Central in Gua- 

with N. G. Owens, 164 W. 2d St., Peru, 
Ind., at once, he will hear something to his 

Present address of R B. Burch, formerly 
general yardmaster at Kansas City, Mo., 
and various other places for Mo. Pac 


Mo. Pac. BIdg., Fort Scott. Kan. 

Edw. Nee. Frank P. Austin. 


temala City, Guatemala. Later worked for 
Mexican Cable Co., as cable operator, and 
transferred to Buenos Ayres, S. A. "BO," 
if you see this, write ; important news. 
J. R. Maher, 
Gen. Del., Philadelphia, Pa. 

Present address of R. O. Sheperdson. 
Worked at one time at points in Illinois; 
also in the Southwest. If he communicates 

Present address of J. W. TardifF. Last 
heard of working on Union Pacific. If ycu 
see this, "JW," write me; good news for 

y**"- J. A. Dixon, 

Care Dispatcher's Office, B. & O. R. R., 
Connellsville, Pa. 

Present address of L. E. Hill. Last 
heard of working on N. P. Ry., at Fargo 

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Shops. "H," if you see this, write your old 
friend; have mail for you. 

H. O. Mannes, 
Sanborn, N. D. 

The following _ membei^ desire to ex- 
change souvenir postal cards with other 
members : 

W. J. Scheider, Elko, Ga. 

A. H. Williams, Berton, Va. 

E. H. Bauman, Boyertown, Pa. 

W. R. Connelly, Box 15, Midland, Va. 

C J. Flaherty, 38 Wolfe St., Rochester, 
N. Y. 

J. L. Barton, 1837 Michigan ave., Chi- 
cago, 111. 

E. C. Grover, Jr., 14 Howell st., Roches- 
ter, N. Y. 

Miss Yvonne Pare, Wharf Sta., Fall 
River, Mass. 

A. P. Chambliss, ticket agent. Seaboard 
Air Line Ry., Hamlet, N. C. 

Wanted — To exchange old coins. Have 
a collection of over 300 from many nations, 
and will be pleased to exchange with you. 
Drop a card to F. E. Shea, Westminster 
Junction, B. C. 

Lost or Stolen. 

Card No. 7899, Cert 44, Div. 126, for term 
ending December 31, 1907. 

Card No. 30, Cert. 1167, Div. 2, for term 
ending December 31, 1967. 

Card No. 10441, Cert. 7, Div. 87, for term 
ending December 31, 1907. 

Card No. 2865, Cert 274, Grand Div., for 
term ending December 31, 1907. 

Card No. 4269, Cert. 430, Div. 29, for 
term ending December 31, 1907. 

Card No. 1224, Cert. 348, Div. 29, for 
term ending December 31, 1907. 

Card No. 21924, Cert. 1544, Div. 33, for 
term ending December 31, 1907. 

Card No. 5272, Cert 1430, Div. 33, for 
term ending December 31, 1907. 

Card No. 8969, Cert 1308, Div. 93, for 
term ending December 31, 1907. 

Card No. 12238, Cert. 1726, Div. 93, for 
term ending December 31, 1907. 

Card No. 10799, Cert. 309, Div. 96, for 
term ending December 31, 1907. 

Card No. 1078, Cert. 185, Div. 27, for 
term ending December 31, 1907. 

Card No. 5315, Cert. 921, Div. 31, for 
term ending December 31, 1907. 

Card No. 10852, Cert. 1573, Div. 76, for 
term ending December 31, 1907. 

Card No. 3622, Cert. 1304, Grand Div., for 
term ending December 31, 1907. 

Card No. 677, Cert. 4198, Grand Div., for 
term ending December 31, 1907. 

Card No. 710, Cert. 4391, Grand Div., 
for term ending December 31, 1907. 

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F. R. Underwood. O. J. Rttchey. A. B. CaldwelL 

R. Burnett C. L. Bringeman. W. H. Nation. F. T. Anthony. 

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Begin well and end better. 

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Laziness is a vice — fight it. 

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Remorse is the shadow of sin. 

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Do your honest best — it pays. 

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To strive is to challenge fate. 

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Work if you want to be happy. 

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Fear is responsible for most virtue. 

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Nothing is law that is not reason. 

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Silence is often the golden key of happi- 

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The enemies of unionism are proof of its 

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Better be a "has been" than a "never 

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Trust in Providence, but keep the kettle 

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There is no credit in being good when 
you have to. 

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No one is useless in this world who 
lightens the burdens of someone else. 

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We never complain about the slowness of 
time when we are interested in our task. 

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An eager pursuit of fortune is too often 
inconsistent with a rigid adherence to 

A man should never predict failure unless 
he desires to meet it 

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If responsibility confronts you, seize it; 
do not throw it aside — responsibility repre- 
sents opportunity. 

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There are many ways to make money, but 
only one way to save it, and that is by liv- 
ing on a little less than you earn. 

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"Do yoh bes'," said Uncle Eben, "to lovt 
yoh enemies, but don' try to git brotherly 
an' trusting wif 'em in a boss trade." 

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Reports submitted at the recent meeting 
of the executive council of the A. F. of L. 
showed an increase of 55,000 in the trade 
union membership in the last five months. 

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A prime object for labor to organize is to 
elevate the standard of wages and condi- 
tions of employment. Experience has taught 
that this prime object is attained only 
through organization. 

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Coal mine owners in Wales state that the 
miners do not want an eight-hour day, not- 
withstanding the fact that the miners them- 
selves assert that they do want it and 
threaten to go into politics to secure it 

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The union man who does not have the 
union label on his shoes, overalls, shirts, 
collars, suspenders and other artides on 
which they can be secured, and gives as a 
reason, "Well, I don't buy them; my wife 
gets them in a store where she gets trading 
stamps," ought to be given scab wages 
(from $2 to $1 less than union wages), and 
a bunch of trading stamps in his pay enve- 

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The Society of Equity (farmers' union) 
in conjunction with other unions, has or- 
ganized in Detroit a produce exchange simi- 
lar to the one started by the Chicago Feder- 
ation of Labor. 

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The capitalists form trusts and sell the 
product of labor "for whatsoever they will" 
and at the same time insist that the laborer 
shall be permitted to work for whatever 

The only safe place to keep one's heart 

is at home. 

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The meanest man in the world is the man 
who says he does not have to join a union 
because his wages and hours are as good 
as those of the union man. He forgets that 
if it were not for the union establishing the 
hours and wages he would have nothing to 
boast of, and the fact that he accepts those 

J. B. Grant. J. H. Hosston. 

W. H. Smith. G. C. Cocke. 

wages he will — without the interference of 
the union. How considerate. 

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It has been stated that it takes at least 
two to make a bargain How is it where 
a corporation sets the price and conditions 
of employment upon labor without permit- 
ting the wage earner to have anything to 
say? Rather like the mule that has its 
food and drink set before it after exacting 

hours and wages and then refuses to do his 
part, or pay his share towards maintaining 
them, stamps him as a man of low calibre 
and utterly devoid of honor and honesty. 

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Chicago, 111., electricians want a scale of 
$5 a day, an increase of 50 cents a day over 
their present scale. They do not make any 
agreements with employers. They set their 
own working rules and they have had no 
trouble in enforcing them for several years. 

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The man who uses his friends often, soon 

has none. 

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It is a deplorable fact, but nevertheless 
true, that many members have never even 

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Members Division 7, Amyst, Ont 

read a copy of the constitution attd by-laws. 
Each and every member should inform him- 
self at least upon the more important points 
and familiarize himself with the more im- 
portant laws. 

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The purpose for which labor is employed 
by a corporation is to profit from the results 
of labor. The problem, however, involves 
both the question of a fair division of profits 
and the exactions of employment. Labor 
has a right to have something to say upon 
this problem. 

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Bishop Fallows, of Gticago, in a sermon 
delivered in St Paul's Reformed Episcopal 
Giurch, declared himself a firm believer in 
trade unionism, and said it was nonsense 
to affirm that the trade unionist infringed 
on the constitutional rights of the non- 
unionist, and added: "Unionism is the 
very salvation of labor; perish every effort 
to destroy it The non-unionist is reaping 
the benefit of the sacrifices and labor of his 

union fellows, and he has a right to recog- 
nize the sacredness of his obligation to 

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We all believe that God ordained that 
men should earn their bread by the sweat of 
their brow; but we are sometimes inclined 
to think that God Himself couldn't make 
some of them get their bread in that way. 
But, then, it might be because they don't 
earn it; they just "get" it. 
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To talk about ' the improvement of your 
job is union agitation. If you suggest to 
your fellow employes that the job should 
pay better wages you are making yourself 
obnoxious to the employing management. 
If you are working for an "open shop," or 
non-union management, you'll get fired. 
There will be no help for it You won't 
even be told what you are discharged for, 
unless the management wishes to make an 
example of you before other employes. 

Local Chairman P. R. B., Div. 12. 

When a man accepts benefits he has done 
nothing to earn, he is as much a thief as 
if he deliberately stole a million dollars. 
Any non-unionist who by his refusal to 
join the union of his craft, pays nothing to 
maintain it, yet takes advantages that the 
union inaugurates, is that thief. 

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A well fed, well housed, well clothed and 
well educated laboring man is better for so- 
ciety — better for the merchant, better for 

through deception, and you are accounted a 
respectable citizen. Poison a man with ar- 
senic and you swing from the gallows; 

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the employer, better for the nation — than 
an underfed, poorly clad and ignorant 
laboring man. Organized labor' believes so 
and is working to that end. 

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Be satisfied with your possessions, but 
not contented with yourself until you have 
made the best of them; despise nothing in 
the world except falsehood and meanness, 
ifear nothing except cowardice ; be gov- 
erned by your admonitions rather than by 
your disgusts, and covet nothing that is 
your neighbors except his kindness of heart 
and greatness of manners. 

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Swindle a man through forgery and you 
get "pinched." Swindle him through mis- 
representation of your goods, make money 

poison him with adulterated foods, quack 
medicine and diseased meats, and no 
"sleuth" haunts your footsteps. ° Kill a man 
with a crowbar and you sit in an electric 
chair. Kill him by overwork and you are 
called a "captain of industry." 

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If you don't like the way your union is 
run, says an exchange, dig in and run it 
yourself, but don't be a do-nothing and 
complain because others are doing the work 
you should help do. If a clique is running 
it, join the clique. They are the workers 
without whom the local would go out of 
existence. Anyone can be a "knocker," it 
takes a good man to be a worker. 

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Ignorance and conceit go hand in hand. 

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